As some jurisdictions order lawyers to close their offices in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, New Jersey has called on law firms to minimize the number of on-site staff but stopped short of ordering a complete shutdown.
Gov. Phil Murphy on Saturday signed Executive Order 107, which ordered businesses that were deemed nonessential to close and established exemptions for certain categories such as supermarkets and drugstores. The order makes no mention of lawyers or law firms. However, an accompanying list of frequently asked questions says law firms may continue to operate, but must accommodate employees with “telework” or work-from-home arrangements “wherever practicable.”