Amid nationwide layoffs and salary freezes, how could a New York law firm justify paying some of its employees $80,000 to stay away from the office? It makes more sense when you know that the lawyers usually make three times that: The partners have found a way to cut costs without (permanently) losing talent, the New York Times reports.
So far, about 10% of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s 1,300 associates worldwide have opted to take a break from the grind at the notoriously tough firm. Though the rules don’t stipulate it, most plan to do pro bono work—everywhere from Manhattan to Nepal. And best of all, those on their cut-rate furlough year are immune from layoffs.