Arnold & Porter Named a 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Company by Working Mother Magazine for Fifth Consecutive Year
Washington, DC, September 23, 2008 -- Working Mother magazine today named Arnold & Porter to its 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies list. Arnold & Porter has earned this recognition nine times, including 5 years in a row. It is the only law firm in 2008 also to be named to FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies To Work For" and The American Lawyer's "A-List" of top 20 law firms. These honors are a recognition of Arnold & Porter's continued commitment to excellence in the practice of law and strong core values focusing on individuality, diversity, and pro bono work.
"We are proud to be honored once again by Working Mother by being included on this prestigious list of companies," said Richard M. Alexander, the Firm's Managing Partner. "We are committed to provide a supportive environment that recognizes that our employees must balance important, but competing demands on their time. To this end, we have established programs and benefits that help us attract and retain talented individuals to serve the needs of our clients."
The magazine selected Arnold & Porter, in part, for an increase in paid maternity leave to 18 weeks; for a 24-week job-guaranteed leave (including six weeks of paid leave) to care for seriously ill family members; for providing flexible schedules for lawyers and administrative staff; for its award-winning Children's Center in the Washington, DC office; and for access to priority slots at off-site childcare facilities in Washington, Northern Virginia, and New York, as well as emergency back-up care in Washington, New York, and Los Angeles.
"The economy is not going to alter the commitment of Arnold & Porter to working mothers, because they've made family-friendly policies a part of their corporate DNA," said Working Mother Media CEO Carol Evans. "Supporting families is a vital part of their culture and not just an added benefit."
Working Mother magazine Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Riss added, "Arnold & Porter knows that their investment pays for itself through employee loyalty and they realize that productivity depends as much on satisfied staffers as on smart processes. By helping employees manage their work/life demands, Arnold & Porter is creating a highly motivated workforce."
Arnold & Porter was selected for the 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies list based on an extensive application with more than 500 questions. The application included detailed questions about workforce, compensation, child care, flexibility programs, leave policies, and more. It also checked the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. Seven areas were measured and scored: workforce profile, compensation, child care, flexibility, time off and leaves, family-friendly programs, and company culture. For this year's 100 Best, particular weight was given to family-friendly policies, flexibility, leave policies, and benefits for part-timers.