Work/Life Balance

Wal-Mart to Require Outside Law Firms to Have Flextime Policies

Law firms must have flextime policies if they want to do legal work for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Wal-Mart associate general counsel Joseph West said his company will add the flextime requirement to its current list of criteria used to evaluate outside law firms, the National Law Journal reports. The retailer also decides whether to hire law firms based on cost-effectiveness, performance and diversity.

West spoke last week during a panel discussion at the annual meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel in Boston.

He said Wal-Mart plans to require flextime policies and require that “the policies themselves be flexible,” according to the NLJ account.

“We’ve found that even those firms that have flextime policies, they haven’t communicated to attorneys in the firm that it’s OK to use them without fear or shame,” West said.

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