My firm has laid off 25% of its attorneys and has fired all non-essential staff. I’m terrified/can’t afford to be let go. What can I do? How do I prepare for a potential lay off?

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Help!: What do you see as alternatives to layoffs? Our six partners (we’re 100 people total) reduced comp to $0 to save and it’s not enough. 25% of staff is unbooked (high!) with no end in near sight.

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Why do the department heads never get laid off in times like these? One head of production or ecd or director of planning must equal three or four real working staff. Business 101right?

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I was laid off from a resource management role, working with employees approaching or on the bench, working with managers to staff projects, and support functions like report creation, scheduling, etc. Roles like this are few and many large consulting firms have frozen internal hiring. Do you think it would be beneficial to get a SHRM cert? Would that help get a "talent related" HR role? Worth the money? I have a background in recruitment as well.

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I’m feeling like a lay-off is imminent for me. What are the telltale signs from those who have laid off employees or those who had to fire staff?

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Some positive news: though our entire global executive team have taken temporary 20% pay cuts, not a single other staff member has had a pay cut or been laid off. I’m proud and optimistic about our global group, and more than happy to take a cut in the name of saving jobs.

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Is the hiring slowdown over? I contacted a few firms to inquire about lateral opportunities in late June/early July and was asked to check back in the fall due to hiring freezes. I wonder if I should reach back out or if it's too soon. The news about Skadden's staff layoffs this morning makes me think it's too soon.

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Do you think layoffs would be more probable at a big 4/firm with over 2k staff or boutiques? Why?

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How are staff selected for layoffs?

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Started working a week after graduating last May. Was on track to be one of the top staff performers and then COVID hit. Since working from home I am one of the lowest performers. Anxiety and stress are crippling my ability to succeed. I have social anxiety which makes wfh communication extremely difficult. Managers - how much patience would you have with someone who was doing well pre-pandemic but has been struggling ever since? Should I start planning for a new job? (In case I get fired)

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Just found out a few senior managers are being laid off. We just hired a couple new seniors and staffs, how worried should I be as a staff?

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My firm pays staff & seniors hourly, with 1.5x pay for overtime. Firm just cut our hours from the normal 58-60 down to 40 a week for the foreseeable future. Should I be concerned about layoffs?

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Are TSE fires or layoffs happening. I’ve heard work of it for staff

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Honestly being laid off sounds pretty good as a staff working 65 hours a week 🤷‍♂️ would be making more money doing nothing.

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Ps, have any of you truly batted for “junior staff” (comp, promo, not getting fired). And how do you deal with diff managing styles v. Helping staff with bad M/SMs?

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Laid off today because of drop in workload due to Corona Virus. Experienced attorney but first time working in Biglaw as a Staff Attorney. Should I be asking HR or Attys I worked for Ref Letter?

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Do partners usually have a say in staff layoffs? Who decides to lay off the partners?

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Called the local Mexico joint which also happens to be a pretty major national chain (not tb). They told me 99% of their staff have been laid off and if this is telling of things to come (cont)

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Fantasies of moving client side after Covid, when your clients have laid off / furloughed staff — delusional, or delusional and dumb?

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Left my consulting job after 2.25 years in October 2019 for a venture backed startup. Laid off in March 2020. Joined a VC fund as an intern shorty after, but our fundraise (for our fund) got pushed back. I was approached about helping grow a small executive recruitment firm focused on private technology companies. I’ll be chief of staff. The company takes $150k/placement + equity. The co expects to hit $1m in rev this year. They also invest in startups. Should I do it? Is this pigeonholing?

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Hi, Has anyone’s firm furloughed or laid off any staff?

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Not sure why the execs keep their jobs and layoff production. Do we need all top-level operation staff when there isn’t much left to operate? I have ahead time seeing C-suite doin any production work

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Many firms that reduced salaries seem to be reversing that decision recently. But, is anyone slow and thinking layoffs may happen in the fall? Do you think staff who now are mostly sitting at home not working may be the first to go? Looks like we won’t all be back in the office until spring ..

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*POSTING THIS ON BEHALF OF A DEAR FRIEND* A former coworker at Rogers & Cowan / PMK was laid off today along with a few other staff members. She’s a Public Relations Executive, with lots of music and entertainment experience. I know these are hard times, but if you know about an agency or brand in need of staff members or freelancers, please don’t hesitate to reach out 🙏🏻 Thanks!

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Major investment banks laid off 3,000 front-office staff. Yikes.. Have you been affected by this?

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Anyone at Am Law 200 law firms hearing anything about furloughs or layoffs on the attorney or staff side? Not trying to scare anyone, just curious.

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Anybody have any good stories about a fellow attorney or staff member who was fired?

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How are you dealing with the current admin and paralegal staff layoffs? At my firm we were working as a team and it seems challenging to redistribute work. Not to mention, there’s zero morale.

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B4 Folks - Do layoffs typically hit harder at the staff level or M+? I’ve heard people say we don’t make enough money to worry about it, but that doesn’t sound correct

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I’ve heard Undergrad and Graduate placement into firms have been somewhat reduced due to covid. additionally some firms have laid off staff consultants. With this said, what are your guys thoughts on experienced hire recruiting for Summer 2020? Do you expect a highly competitive fall?

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*POSTING THIS ON BEHALF OF A DEAR FRIEND* A former coworker was laid off today, along with a few other people. She’s a Public Relations Executive, with lots of music and entertainment experience. I know these are hard times, but if you know about an agency or brand in need of staff members or freelancers, please don’t hesitate to reach out 🙏🏻 Thanks!

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*POSTING THIS ON BEHALF OF A DEAR FRIEND* A former coworker was laid off today, along with a few other people. She’s a Public Relations Executive, with lots of music and entertainment experience. I know these are hard times, but if you know about an agency or brand in need of staff members or freelancers, please don’t hesitate to reach out 🙏🏻 Thanks!

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*POSTING THIS ON BEHALF OF A DEAR FRIEND* A former coworker was laid off today, along with a few other people. She’s a Public Relations Executive, with lots of music and entertainment experience. I know these are hard times, but if you know about an agency or brand in need of staff members or freelancers, please don’t hesitate to reach out 🙏🏻 Thanks!

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