Squire Sanders has been selected by Yale Law Women for inclusion for the first time in its prestigious list of the 2013 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms.
Yale Law Women surveys top law firms each year about their family friendly and work-life policies and practices, showcasing firms that lead the field in these areas.
The survey explores family friendliness indicators such as part-time and flex-time options, the billable hour requirement, parental leave policies and childcare availability, and examines their uptake by male and female attorneys.
This year, in addition to the Top Ten list, Yale Law Women recognized firms that demonstrated superior performance in specific categories of its survey. Squire Sanders is recognized for gender equitable use of its Part-Time and Flex-Time policies, being one of a handful of firms where men account for 45% or more of all attorneys working part-time or flex-time schedules.
Squire Sanders is firmly committed to equal opportunity for all employees, and recognizes that a healthy balance between a professional’s work and private life is essential to lasting success, for both the individual and our firm. Squire Sanders attorneys benefit from the firm’s Balanced Hours Policy, which recognises that a more flexible structure is required to respond to their changing needs and commitments outside the firm.
Carolyn Buller, of the firm’s Women’s Initiative Group, said: “We’ve always believed at Squire Sanders that, while it is easy to say we support the advancement of work-family balance, we must demonstrate our commitment to progression through supportive policies. We’re delighted to have gained this accolade which shows the progress we are making in this field.”
Squire Sanders’ employee benefits, which include generous maternity and adoption leave policies, have garnered other awards and recognition, including the Ohio Women’s Bar Association’s Family Friendly Award. In the UK, Squire Sanders was the first law firm to be recognised for its family friendly working environment by Mumsnet, the website which is one of the most trusted sources of information for millions of parents, being voted a Silver Winner in the Mumsnet Family Friendly programme.