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Lindsay M. Massillon, left, and Elizabeth Pryor Johnson, right, of Fowler White Burnett. Lindsay M. Massillon, left, and Elizabeth Pryor Johnson, right, of Fowler White Burnett.

Phase One of Florida’s reopening plan is underway for most of the state. Now is the perfect time for South Florida’s business owners and management to prepare to face the novel employee issues that will arise when resuming full operations. If you have been the recipient of a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established by the CARES Act, rehiring certain employees may be necessary to receive full forgiveness. And of course, many businesses are anxious to get back into full swing to start recovering losses from Q1 and Q2. However, we are in uncharted territory. The laws affecting employers are ever-changing, and it is still unclear how courts will apply new and existing laws to employee claims that are likely to arise post-pandemic. Further, businesses everywhere are consumed with how to provide safe and healthy work environments to employees, and manage employment issues like never before. To assist employers, we have provided general guidance for managers on how to navigate tricky employment issues which could be hotbeds for employment litigation in the coming months.

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