Coronavirus and the new workplace: Your rights, your responsibilities.

By Rachel Feintzeig | Wall Street Journal

The rules, norms—and fears—governing the workplace are changing as fast as the Covid-19 outbreak appears to be spreading.

After The Wall Street Journal’s recent article dissecting what bosses can and can’t make you do in light of the coronavirus pandemic, more questions poured in from readers trying to navigate the new job landscape. In many ways, they reflect a different set of anxieties from just days ago.

Many initial concerns about employee privacy and work-from-home edicts, for example, have given way to worries about staying safe at work and keeping the paychecks coming while risking exposure. Meanwhile, millions of working parents are struggling to work from home as their children’s schools and day-care centers remain closed indefinitely, and many Americans have lost their jobs.

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“Employers must get ahead of these issues now and plan for the future.  If employees working remotely becomes the new normal, we expect that will change how offices are configured  when employers look to renew/amend commercial leases. And that could come sooner than many expect.” ~Cameron CarterRose Law Group partner and Transactional Department Director

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