Attendance Counts for UK Associates Facing Layoffs at DLA Piper
Posted Feb 27, 2009 12:04 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
DLA Piper associates in the United Kingdom who called in sick may feel even worse when layoff decisions are made.
The law firm has drafted six possible criteria to determine which United Kingdom associates will be laid off, and taking sick days is reportedly one negative factor, Legal Week reports.
The draft criteria, which are subject to change, award 15 to 20 points in each of six categories. They are: relationships with clients, expertise, business development, cross-group work, attendance and disciplinary records. The criteria were first posted on the site RollOnFriday.
Those with perfect attendance get 15 points. But the firm is proposing to award only 10 points for those who called in sick between one and three days, five points to those who took between four and five days, and zero points for those who were absent more often, according to the site.
DLA Piper’s “redundancy consultation” began earlier this year; the law firm is evaluating the jobs of 30 associates and more than 100 support staffers at eight U.K. offices, the Legal Week story says.