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The Coronavirus at Work: Your Legal Questions Answered

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The coronavirus has become a sneak attack in slow motion on the American workforce. Fear has become the operative word, not only of falling ill, but the impact this virus is having on our economy, on jobs.

Employment law attorneys are swamped by calls from business owner clients, wondering what they are allowed to do in an effort to keep their employees safe and their doors open.

I ran the following questions by two attorneys in Bakersfield, Calif., who specialize in employment law: Dan Klingenberger and Jay Rosenlieb. They provide a global perspective to these issues challenging American businesses today.

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A forklift operator named Antoine from Troy, Mo., can attest to that. You may have seen video of a huge Memorial Day pool party at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri attended by crowds of partiers, most of whom were not wearing masks. Antoine — who was interviewed on the Today show the Friday after the party and asked that his last name not be used — was at that party. Now his employer has told him to stay home from work for 14 days to quarantine ... without pay.

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