In March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic first became a daily presence in our lives, all employment attorneys and their clients were forced to navigate new waters. Employers, guided by their counsel, were forced to balance the need to run an efficient and productive workplace with the need to keep their employees safe. In workplaces that did not become entirely remote, employees began to express fears about coming to work. Seemingly overnight, the need to quell those fears arose as employers struggled to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and inspire confidence in their workers.
For employment attorneys who counsel on employment law compliance, guiding clients through the confusing new landscape of COVID-related laws, Executive Orders, and Centers for Disease Control guidelines became a daily challenge. In work environments where everything was changing, employers wondered how they could continue disciplining their employees and still run stable and successful companies and organizations.