ABA Journal


Work-Life Balance

Secondments grow as a better-life option

May 1, 2013, 07:50 am CDT


I’m going to have to google the definition of Secondment.

By Island Attorney on 2013 04 30, 2:04 am CDT

Great options for stay at home attorney moms that still want to work!

By Kelly Jackson on 2013 04 30, 2:43 pm CDT

My understanding of a secondment is a temporary transfer of an employee or a loan of an employee to a different division or different company.  What is described in this article sounds more like regular old temp work.

By Maryland Esquire on 2013 05 07, 7:33 pm CDT

Maryland Esquire @ 3: True about temp work. But I’ve often wondered why law never developed the concept of “locum tenens” positions—as medicine has—to provide “cover” for overworked solos, or firms who don’t need a full-time legal specialist in, say, appellate work. For older practitioners who want to cut back while limiting their practice management, parents, and legal specialists who are tired of dealing with cases outside their specialty in major firms, this could be a win/win situation. I realize that conflicts are one problem that attorneys face that physicians don’t; however, there should be more than enough work to go around; and conflicts—or lack thereof—can be verified.

By BMF on 2013 05 12, 5:18 pm CDT

There are so many good points in this piece, Hollee. The concept of predictability as an influential aspect to work/life satisfaction is interesting – something so obvious, but something we might not immediately realize. But Henry is right; it’s about control, as predictable hours allow for more control over work/life alignment. Further, temping positions tend to be associated with part-time work, and as a result they often get stuck with a negative stigma. However, there are immense benefits with this type of employment. Temping, from entry to executive levels, is a hiring trend some experts predict to continue to increase in numbers, as it’s a win-win for both parties. -Allison O’Kelly, founder/CEO Mom Corps

By Allison O'Kelly on 2013 05 15, 1:57 pm CDT

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