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3 Stories You Should Read 5/26/2020: Work from Home, Nursing homes, Re-opening holiday

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In the category of:  Too much too soon.

Just as Covid-19 cases keep rising in 17 states, holiday revelers crammed together without masks

Packing pool parties and other Memorial Day events, many Americans marked the unofficial start of summer just like they did before coronavirus.

But while the revelers shunned face masks and ignored social distancing guidelines, the virus keeps spreading unabated, killing both the elderly and the young.

In the category of:  Liability

As residents perish, nursing homes fight for protection from lawsuits

Facing an onslaught of deaths, one of the nation’s lobbying powerhouses succeeds in limiting liability in 20 states, while pressuring Congress for federal protections.

As an unprecedented catastrophe unfolds in which more than 28,000 people have died of Covid-19 in care facilities, the nursing home industry is responding with an unprecedented action of its own: Using its multi-million dollar lobbying machine to secure protections from liability in lawsuits.



In the category of:  You’re muted

Much of modern office work seems like it should be easy to do remotely. In fact, the opposite is true.
Not every company will want to embrace remote work so fully, but, to protect worker health and reduce corporate liability, many will have no choice but to allow significantly more telework for months or perhaps years to come. Offices in Asia may provide us with a glimpse of the American future: restrictions have eased in a number of Asian cities, but at Microsoft Asia’s offices, in China, only around half of the company’s six thousand employees have returned to in-person work. At Nanjing University, many administrative staff members have adopted interlocking schedules in which they work only a few in-person days each week, minimizing the number of people on campus at any given time; coffee shops in Hong Kong, which have recently reopened, are reportedly filled with remote workers looking to get out of the house. It’s possible, as the pandemic unfolds, that offices which have returned will have to go remote again. It’s plausible to expect an extended period during which even reopened offices will remain only partially occupied, with most meetings including at least a few participants joining from home.




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