Post # 1
This is more for the paralegals than attorneys but I’m wondering how your firms handle lack of work and how that relates to meeting billable hour requirements?
And for the paralegals, are you exempt or non-exempt?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
@Mrs.Mittens: they usually make work i.e. have you bill to pro bono or throw everyone on doc reviews. If you don’t meet billable hours, they usually throw that on you even though it is becuase of lack of work. I would try my best to find something ANYTHING to bill to that is not admin.
Post # 4
Working for a defense firm, your billings are do at the end of the month. You are “supposed” to bill for everything everyday but seriously who has time to make note of everything each day. Everyone scrambles the last week of the month to get their billing in. You are required to meet a certain amount every year. This determines your bonus at the end of the year. If you were not bililing enough then one of the Partners would come into your office and have a lil chit chat about the issue.
This firm, there was no way you could not meet your billable requirements. There is ALWAYS work and things to bill for working in huge firms on the defense. If you had less hours one month you had to make it up the following month. True Pain. You could seriously bill for anything if it really came down to it and you are searching for time.
I work for a plaintiff firm now where I do not have to worry about billing anymore.
Post # 5
@Mrs.Mittens: I’m a non-exempt paralegal. Our firm sends monthly emails to people who are not making their billables. A coworker of mine (also a paralegal) was once asked to prepare a report detailing why he was so behind on hours.
I was way behind last year because all of my attorneys left the firm and there was nothing to do all summer. No one said anything to me about it though because I covered my ass by sending weekly emails to the partners asking for work, volunteering for a number of special admin projects and taking additional CLEs then I documented all of it in my performance evaluation and it got me a good bonus.