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Wage & hour legal considerations in returning to the office

A new podcast on the Thomson Reuters Institute Market Insights channel features a panel discussion with two litigators from the law firm Garfunkel Wild, moderated by Thomson Reuters, around the legal ramifications and logistics of returning to the office.

It is difficult to find a conversation today that does not somehow turn to discussions of people returning to work in their offices, children going back to school, or the struggles businesses face due to continuing uncertainty over lock-downs and reopening. For business owners in particular, the constant back and forth is likely to be unnerving at best, as they find themselves adrift in a sea of seemingly ever-changing regulations and guidance with which they are expected to comply.

Given the number of questions swirling around the idea of return-to-office planning and general staffing questions related to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Thomson Reuters Market Insights is providing an FAQ of sorts for a broad range of questions related to employment considerations, including topics like temperature screenings and who has to pay for them, who is responsible for ensuring that employees have proper protective equipment and masks, and even what considerations should go along with a decision to reduce an employee’s hours or pay.

You can listen to the full podcast interview with the panel here.

In a new podcast on the Thomson Reuters Institute Market Insights channel, Suzanne Brown, a senior attorney editor with Thomson Reuters Practical Law, discusses the legal complexities of returning to the office with a pair of highly experienced attorneys from the law firm Garfunkel Wild — Andy Zwerling, an experienced litigator with more than 35 years in practice as a trial and appellate lawyer in State and Federal courts, including his successful argument before the U.S. Supreme Court; and Sal Puccio, a litigator who has particular experience counseling clients concerning the employer-employee relationship, compliance with workplace regulations and employment statutes, and wage and hour lawsuits.

The in-depth discussion that follows should be of interest to any company working through how to manage employees in today’s economy, as well as to the lawyers and compliance professionals advising them.

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For the latest information regarding legal changes that might impact businesses, please visit the COVID-19: Employment Law and Development Tracker from Thomson Reuter Practical Law for complementary resources.

You can also get in touch with Garfunkel Wild by contacting Salvatore Puccio ( or Andrew Zwerling (

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