In a sign of the times, Atlanta-based labor & employment firm Fisher & Phillips on Monday launched a task force to address an issue that didn’t even exist until last week: What companies qualify for the “essential business” exemption from rapidly proliferating shelter-in-place orders?

Fisher & Phillips launched the new practice just hours before Atlanta’s mayor issued a “shelter-in-place” order at midnight on Monday that effectively shut down activities by all city businesses except those deemed essential. 

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