Layoffs

788 ABA Journal Layoffs articles.

Legal services sector shed a whopping 64,000 jobs last month
Legal employment is way down amid law firm furloughs and layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The legal services sector lost 64,000 jobs in April, according to seasonally adjusted numbers by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since April of last year, the sector lost 48,400 jobs.
The good and bad news: Firms continue to announce cuts, but it’s at slower pace
More law firms announced pay cuts, layoffs and furloughs this week, but the pace is slowing. Since the ABA Journal reported on such measures last Thursday, at least eight more law firms gave staff members and lawyers bad news.
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Some law firms will die without quick cuts, consultant says; which ones acted this past week?
At least a dozen more large and midsized law firms cut pay and furloughed employees in the past week because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. But it’s not nearly enough, according to a former BigLaw lawyer who once worked as a consultant.
It was another bad week for many BigLaw lawyers and staffers; who saw pay cuts and furloughs?
It’s not over, by any means. It has been a week since the ABA Journal reported on the latest large and midsized law firms to cut pay, reduce partner draws, and furlough or lay off staff because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, at least 15 more law firms took temporary steps to reduce costs.
At least 19 more law firms cut pay and furlough employees; will partners ultimately benefit?
More and more law firms are cutting salaries, reducing partner compensation, and furloughing or laying off employees because of the novel coronavirus. Since the ABA Journal’s story last Thursday on the trend, at least 19 additional large and midsized law firms have taken temporary measures to reduce costs because of financial uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public defenders in this state are told to slash budgets as traffic-ticket funding plummets
Public defenders in Louisiana face uncertainty over the future of their jobs as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts a big source of their funding: traffic tickets.
Pay cuts and furloughs continue as more firms trim costs to address COVID-19
Several major law firms announced pay cuts and some furloughs this week, joining at least nine midsize and large firms that took those steps last week.
Legal industry loses 1,700 jobs in March
The legal industry lost 1,700 jobs in March, before law firms began to announce layoffs and furloughs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
BigLaw pay cuts and layoffs are likely to multiply, experts say; which firms are doing it?
Large and midsize law firms responded to economic pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic this week with pay cuts, layoffs and lower partner payouts. And it’s not over yet, observers say.
Pryor Cashman furloughs some associates during coronavirus crisis
Pryor Cashman has furloughed some associates whose workflow was affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Baker Donelson temporarily cuts pay, furloughs some employees because of COVID-19
Baker Donelson is imposing temporary pay cuts, reducing partner draws, and furloughing some employees because of the financial impact of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Cadwalader cuts pay, pauses partner distributions because of coronavirus financial impact
The law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft is imposing temporary pay cuts and pausing partner distributions because of the financial effects of the novel coronavirus crisis.
Pay cuts, layoffs, lower partner distributions part of BigLaw response to COVID-19 impact

The economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic is hitting BigLaw. “Businesses around the world are bracing for the short-term and potential long-term economic impacts of COVID-19,” said one firm.

Company that promised to revolutionize legal services confirms layoffs of most of its legal staff
Atrium, a company that launched in 2017 with the promise of transforming the delivery of legal services, has laid off most of its legal staff in a restructuring.

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