Eliminate Billable Hours from Performance Evaluations

We missed this announcement from Jackson Lewis (a large national employment law firm) in November, 2014, stating that an associate’s billable hours will no longer be taken into account in his or her performance evaluations. We applaud this decision, and hope to see this factor removed from partner-level evaluations (read: profit participation determinations) as well.

Individuals in any organization ought to be evaluated on the basis of accomplishments, not time spent. Is this harder to do? Of course.

How should accomplishments be evaluated? Hint: ask your customers who receive the service and are in the best position to evaluate its worth.

We’ll answer. We promise.

No Good Deed . . .

Here’s an example of a great company (Hyatt Hotels) getting completely hosed for going overboard to help a disabled employee. The employee expresses his gratitude by suing his employer. Thousands of wasted defense dollars later, thank goodness the 7th circuit saw this for what it was: complete nonsense.
Read the opinion here.

 

Useless Advice

If your firm goes to the trouble of researching, drafting and publishing an article on a legal development, and you fail to include any practical advice other than, “Be sure to consult legal counsel before [insert reason we bothered reading your article in the first place],” you’ve lost an opportunity to impress us.