tammyzhu

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Join the Conversation:  When Will Law Firms Drop the “Primary Caregiver” Distinction?

In April 2015, Johnson & Johnson announced that to better support “the modern-day family,” all new parents – regardless of primary caregiver status – would get eight weeks of paid parental leave.  Birth mothers would receive an additional nine weeks of paid disability leave.  A few months later, Netflix and Microsoft also rolled out parental leave programs that did not distinguish between “primary” and “secondary” caregivers.  Netflix parents would get unlimited paid leave in the first year of their child’s birth or adoption.  Microsoft parents would get twelve weeks of paid parental leave, in addition to eight weeks of paid…

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VeronicaP

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Female Surveyors: Why Now Is the Best Time to Start Your Career

A recent study carried out by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors or RICS discovered that 41% of women (older and young) were under the perception that gender would count against them at some point in their career. Following the RICS survey “The building industry was singled out by young women as one of the worst offenders that were ripe for change”. Typically, it is believed that women will get a hard time in this sector as will not be paid as much or even valued the same. On the last review, only 13% of the registered surveyors were, in…

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tigsAATYl2

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Demanding a Non-Toxic Work Environment

With all the revelations about sexual harassment in the workplace pouring out at the moment, many women are looking back on experiences from their past and asking important questions about if they have been treated fairly. Worryingly, a lot of women report on the normalisation of inappropriate behaviour in their workplace. If you are constantly told to turn a blind eye to the things going on around you, it can start to feel like an irritating yet harmless aspect of your work life. It shouldn’t be this way. When we allow sexual harassment and discrimination to become the norm, we…

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tammyzhu

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Join the Conversation:  Where Are Diversity Initiatives Headed (or Should Be Headed)?

The release of McKinsey and LeanIn.Org’s Women in the Workplace 2017 report marks my one year anniversary blogging on Ms. JD.  When I started writing about gender disparities a year ago, McKinsey and LeanIn.Org’s Women in the Workplace 2016 report informed, shaped, and inspired my first articles.  Since then, I’ve cited it many times and held it close by.  It may be the only document on my desk that I’ve not recycled since last October.  Now, a year later, it feels as if it’s time to switch out the year-old bible on my desk with the new report.  What’s changed? …

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Melissasy

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The Gender Doesn’t Matter: The Best Female Lawyers When It Comes To Divorce

There will come a time when you find that one person whom you think you will be spending the rest of your life with and then you think of getting married. At first, happiness and satisfaction are there but as years pass by, your marriage becomes fragile. There are various reasons for a couple to get a divorce. It can be infidelity which is the usual cause of the collapse of most marriages. Lack of communication and the constant arguing might also be the motives. Getting a divorce is never simple, particularly when it is yours. Some people work better…

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11/9

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NAWL’s Thirteenth General Counsel Institute

Ms. JD is pleased to be a partnering organization of NAWL’s Thirteenth General Counsel Institute on Thursday and Friday, November 9-10 at the InterContinental Barclay Hotel in New York City.  We have arranged a special 10% discount for our members. To register, please go to http://www.nawl.org/gci13 and use the code GCI13MsJD to get the discount. Successful people are open to new challenges. In order to be poised to say yes to new opportunities, we must be confident in our abilities, trust that our prior work has prepared us for the next step, and be willing to take on the accompanying risk of a new challenge. Whether you already have mastered your current challenges…

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tammyzhu

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Join the Conversation:  Benefit of the Doubt

We all make mistakes.  On a recent team I managed, everybody made mistakes – from the contract document reviewers, to the eDiscovery vendor, to the associates.  Yet some people’s mistakes will become easily forgotten while others will become remembered for their mistakes.  What determines whose mistakes get forgotten and whose get remembered?  Could it be our race, ethnicity, and gender?  I will argue that in our workplace and our community, the difference between those who succeed and those who don’t depends heavily on the way that others treat or react to our mistakes.  I will argue that it is not…

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BrookeFaulkner

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The Tech Revolution Is Changing The Legal Field, And We Need To Respond In Kind

The technology revolution of the last half a century certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed. Everyday life is notably different for everyone. Big data and the IoT (internet of things) have created an interconnected network of devices that puts just about everything we need right at our fingertips. No one under the age of 60 has managed to escape the changes the tech revolution has spurned, including JDs. It’s no doubt that big data is already affecting the way we practice law: from more accurate client billing, to improved document reviews, to marketing analytics, law firms are taking advantage of the advances…

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anajuneja

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What *exactly* is free speech under the 1st amendment?

Lately there's been a lot of legal buzzwords and buzz phrases thrown around in the news. Free speech, First Amendment, hate speech are just a few of these. This post will give an overview of the legal basics about free speech. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” But what does that actual…

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8/30

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Girls in Tech and Asana Present: Know Your Rights in The Workplace

Sexism, sexual misconduct, and inequities in pay and opportunity have run rampant in the male-dominated Silicon Valley and Bay Area tech scene for years. Yet, as more and more women step forward and as companies face public consequences for gender-based workplace issues, these problems can no longer remain unaddressed. Visit the Asana HQ and join Girls in Tech plus a panel of plaintiffs side, management, and in-house employment law attorneys for a discussion of women’s rights in the workplace, including equal pay, sexual harassment, and discrimination. Employee attendees will learn about their rights in the workplace, while employers and HR…

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