Tuesday, November 09, 2010

[IWS] EMCC case studies - Short-time working in the legal sector: the Flex Programme at Norton Rose (United Kingdom) [9 November 2010]

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European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)

European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC)


EMCC case studies - Short-time working in the legal sector: the Flex Programme at Norton Rose (United Kingdom) [9 November 2010]




[full-text, 13 pages]


Author: Foundation


Summary: Norton Rose LLP, part of the Norton Rose Group, has been one of the few law firms in the UK that did not make staff redundant during the recent crisis. Instead it launched a one year 'flex scheme' in May 2009 that allowed the firm to either put volunteer partners and salaried staff on a four-day week for an agreed period at 85% of their normal salary, or to offer a sabbatical of between one and three months at 30% of their pay. This case study focuses on how the flex scheme was applied to staff in the UK's London office. The aim is to assess the effectiveness of the programme in keeping staff in employment and maintaining the company's viability in economically difficult times.



Impact of the crisis on the UK commercial law sector

Purpose of the study

Company profile

Legal and policy context

The flex scheme at Norton Rose

Lessons learned and conclusions


Annex: Consulted individuals



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