Arnold & Porter Kaye Sc­holer

Wash­ing­ton, DC

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Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor El­iz­a­beth Re­spess Chief HR Of­fi­cer Janet Robin Han­dling a woman’s re­turn to work after ma­ter­nity leave is a del­i­cate mat­ter, es­pe­cially at law firms, where new moth­ers who feel over­com­mit­ted might find it eas­ier to just quit. At this firm, man­age­ment goes out of its way to en­sure that at­tor­neys have ev­ery­thing they need after com­plet­ing their 18 weeks off; in fact, the staff here pre­pares for the end of each woman’s leave at least a month ahead of time, of­fer­ing them ca­reer coun­sel­ing and al­ter­na­tive work sched­ules that make re-en­try less chal­leng­ing. Pri­or­ity ac­cess to lo­cal child­care cen­ters, free backup care and a fam­ily network wel­come them back.

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