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As some employers offer 'pawternity leave,' Susman Godfrey joins the pack

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Susman Godfrey sees no reason to keep its lawyers on a short leash.

The law firm offers unlimited paid parental leave and unlimited vacation to associates. And the vacation time can be used for “pawternity leave,” managing partner Neal Manne told the Texas Lawyer.

Manne contacted the Texas Lawyer after reading about some employers providing pet-based leave in a Recorder article by Fisher Phillips associate Danielle Krauthamer.

Among the companies providing paid leave to care for a new pet are Mars Petcare, Mparticle and Brew Dog, Krauthamer said. “This trend may have more legs than initially thought: four to be exact,” she wrote.

Even companies that don’t offer pawternity leave can remind employees that they can use vacation or other leave benefits to take care of pets, Krauthamer advised.

Manne says that’s the case at Susman Godfrey. “We have an unlimited paid vacation leave—as much as anybody wants. It’s a vacation policy; It’s a pawternity policy; it’s an I-want-to-go-to-the-beach policy,” he said.

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