Holiday gifts for support staff: I know it’s customary to give secretaries/assistants a gift (Ive heard that standard is $50 for each year you are, so a 2nd year would give $100, a 3rd year would give $150). However, would you also give critical support staff a gift? My office has a concierge service and two of the staff do a lot for me, so I would like to give them a gift, but I feel badly that the rest of the staff on their same team (who I don’t interact with as their duties are back in…

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Secretary rule is 100/year. Not 50/year

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What is the rule for CA?

The concept of giving 400-500 to an assistant who maybe filed a couple receipts for me over the year is a bit crazy in my opinion, I’d rather spend it on the good paras that actually improve my life

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Echoing 100/year is the rule. Don't cheap out on your assistant.

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A few times a month for reimbursements and CLEs

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I struggled with this too. We’d all like to give to every single person for helping. I decided to give only to the few people who really helped me a lot over the year, not just the people who did a good job and were really nice the few times we interacted. We can’t pay everyone.

I also think the $100/year rule is context specific. Is this like your personal sidekick who can help with everything, or do they handle tons of attorneys like mine? If the latter, my assistant’s bonus would be enormous if each attorney was giving her their class year x 100.

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Lovely. Thank you, A3, for your helpful advice!

…their back office, so I don’t interact with them much or even necessarily know who they are, as compared to the two who are out on the floor with me) wouldn’t get anything. Thoughts?

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