It’s a mixed bag of good and bad news at Venable, and your perspective on the moves likely depends on whether you have a J.D. The Am Law 100 firm announced that due to their “prudent” financial moves — in April, the firm announced pay cuts across the board and furloughs for some staff members — they are rolling back those pay cuts. Good news! But though some furloughed staffers are returning to work, others, along with “other professional staff,” are being laid off. Bad news.
A spokesperson for the firm provided the following statement:
Venable continues to perform well during these challenging times. The firm is taking actions that will contribute to long-term success while maintaining a prudent approach to financial management in light of ongoing uncertainty related to COVID-19.
To reflect the firm’s performance and financial position, Venable announced it is increasing the compensation of salaried attorneys and staff from previously reduced levels. We are also aligning our staffing to meet our current and future needs. This includes returning some furloughed employees to work while separating with others who have been previously furloughed and some other professional staff.
Best of luck to those who find themselves out of work.
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