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A transit worker takes the temperature of a passenger before letting him on to a ferry in Shanghai, China, on Jan. 30, 2020. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg A transit worker takes the temperature of a passenger before letting him on to a ferry in Shanghai, China, on Jan. 30, 2020. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

The spread of the Chinese coronavirus has general counsel scrambling to deal with a crisis that is changing daily and affects legal issues as well as the health and safety of employees.

The legal issues range from potential liability for an employee’s exposure and subsequent illness to complying with local Chinese laws governing the situation to assessing the impact of the crisis on contracts requiring the company to manufacture or purchase goods in China.

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