The remote work “new normal” has brought up countless questions for employers and employees. At the outset, many office workers were thrilled at their newfound lack of commute, the freedom to work from home, and the demise of business casual. Five months in, challenges have arisen. People are feeling lonely and isolated. We need people, but in a pandemic, where there are people, there is fear.
This delicate situation is only accentuated as stay-in-place measures ease and employees gradually return to the workplace, more stresses and upheavals will arise.
As an employment attorney, I have been aiding employees and employers in navigating return-to-work and remote work issues. As both employees and employers work through the questions and challenges that arise around work in a pandemic, there are areas of employment law that can help, even amid an ever-changing employment landscape in the time of a novel viral pandemic.