At Munger, Tolles & Olson, we have taken significant steps to frame parental leave and flexibility as issues that affect all attorneys.
The firm continuously seeks innovative ways to support our lawyers, not only in their careers at work, but also in their efforts to integrate the demands on the job with their other interests and commitments. Examples include:
Hope Street Friends: To support its working parents, Munger Tolles co-founded this state-of-the-art childcare facility and early education center next door to the firm’s offices in downtown Los Angeles. Hope Street Friends is the first law firm-sponsored child care center on the West Coast and has the capacity to serve 88 children from infancy to pre-kindergarten ages.
Subsidized Back-Up Care: The firm provides all employees with subsidized back-up child care through Bright Horizons and in-home care nationwide for children and adult relatives.
Reduced-Hours Policy: The firm’s reduced-hours policy allows attorneys who work reduced hours to remain on track toward partnership. The firm actively monitors the reduced-hours program to assist attorneys in not exceeding their targeted hours and in continuing to build their practice and progress toward partnership. In fact, since 2012, two reduced-hours attorneys have been promoted to equity partner, with the expectation that the reduced-hours schedule would continue for as long as the attorneys desired.
Generous Parental Leave: Attorneys may take up to 18 weeks of parental leave within the first year following the birth or adoption of a child, and an additional 6-8 weeks for pregnancy disability. Both have the option of taking additional unpaid leave as well.
On-Ramp/Off-Ramp Mentoring: The firm offers additional mentoring to help attorneys transition to and from leaves of absence.
Flexible Work Arrangements: Munger Tolles has no facetime requirement. We recognize that outside commitments often require attorneys to be away from the office, and we provide significant resources to help attorneys work remotely, from home or elsewhere.
Support for Nursing Mothers: Munger Tolles offers nursing mothers benefits to make work easier, including Milk Stork for work travel, door locks and in-office refrigerators.