As more businesses require employees to head back to the office, general counsel have been thrust into new roles overseeing office-return policies. In turn, they’ve had to bone up on human resource topics and medical issues surrounding COVID-19.

It’s a further evolution of the role of the general counsel, said Erica Salmon Byrne, based in Denver and serves as chair of Ethisphere’s Business Ethics Leadership Alliance, who often serves as a consultant to legal department heads. “We’re all couch immunologists now,” Byrne joked.