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Job Performance Section

Job Performance Section

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Group 3Job PerformanceA law firm requires each partner that is a department head to handle the review processfor the paralegals assigned to their specific departments. The paralegals in the firm have what iscalled and “billable hours” requirement. Paralegals are required to bill a certain number of hours per year and must rely on the attorneys within the department in order to obtain sufficient work in order to meet these requirements. Paralegal are not allowed to solicit business. Unfortunately,there is a hierarchy when it comes to allocating the work hours and paralegals can have a problem in reaching these goals since they are third on the list for assignments.The annual review for one long time paralegal of the firm (12 years) was handled by thesame partner for several years. Although the subjective aspects of the paralegal’s reviews wereexceptional each year, reaching the requisite number of hours per year was always an issue dueto the allocation of work within the department. The partner took it upon himself to inform the paralegal each year that the paralegal would be eligible for a discretionary bonus if she reachedthe requisite number of billable hours.Fortunately, this past year provided the employee with the opportunity to exceed therequired numbers. It was going to be a daunting task by the paralegal considered it to her responsibility as an employee of the firm to reach the hours if the work was available to meet thegoal. The paralegal worked continuously throughout the last month of the year in order to makeher billable hours requirement.After the year end, the employee contact the office administrator to inquire about whenthe discretionary bonuses would be handed out only to learn that paralegals are not eligible for discretionary bonus until they exceed 1800 billable hours. The paralegal forwarded the e-mailfrom the office administrator on to the partner since the information presented contradicted whathe had said over the past several years. The partner said he would look into the matter.When evaluation time came around this year, the office administrator had to reschedulethe paralegal’s annual review on ten separate occasions over a two month period because the partner continued to indicate that he was not available. The office administrator finallyscheduled the paralegal’s annual evaluation with another partner in the department. During thereview, the paralegal received a written copy of the evaluation and the subjective section statedthe following:
 Additionally, there is concern that the paralegal projects a negative attitude

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