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ACC and Empight International, LLC present the 2020 Law Department Compensation Report: Policies & Practices. The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is having a dramatic effect in the workplace with telework being the new norm and economic uncertainty weighing heavily on planning and decision-making regarding staffing and spending. The legal department is no exception.

Based on data from 608 organizations in five countries, this report sheds light on legal departments' staffing and spending practices, budget trends and forecasts, and other human resources and compensation policies. The data included in the report offers a truly comprehensive picture of how COVID-19 is impacting the legal department. 

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Report Contents

  • Staffing Practices — Key data on staffing levels, hiring practices, furloughs, layoffs, reductions in force, the impact of COVID-19 on legal specialty areas, and working from home practices.
  • 2020 Law Department Salary Budget — Detailed data on merit budgets and total increase budgets that take into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
  • 2021 Law Department Salary Budget Forecast — A projection of merit budgets and increase budgets looking forward to 2021.
  • Law Department Benefits and Perquisites — General information on other work-related benefits, such as retirement, life insurance multiples, paid time off practices, and company cars and car allowances.

Key Demographics

The 2020 Law Department Compensation: Policies & Practices report includes data on 608 organizations representing 21 different industry sectors and a wide range of company sizes, from under US $100 million to the tens of billions in annual revenue.

The report includes the overall results and select breakdowns of the data by company revenue and country. The data is reported when five or more organizations provided responses for a given statistic.

ranging from small to mid-size and large companies

including technology, financial services, consumer products, and more

from under US $100 million to US $5 billion and above

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