Mandated Closures Have Law Firms Confused and Scrambling

25 Mar 2020 1:57 PM | Jennifer Edwards (Administrator)

By Dylan Jackson (originally printed in Law.com/American Lawyer. Used with permission.)

For weeks now law firms have been switching to varying degrees of remote work schedules ranging from voluntary regimes to mandatory work from home policies.

What nearly all of these firms share regardless of policy is the skeleton crew, a bare-bones team of staff that handles the things that can’t be done remotely: mail, checks and deliveries for example.

But a few state governments, including New York, California and Pennsylvania, have handed down blanket rules ordering all “non-essential,” or in Pennsylvania non-life-sustaining, business to shutter and leaving firms wondering about how that affects their skeleton staffs.

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