In many states, only essential businesses can stay open to the public and only critical staff can remain at the worksite during the coronavirus pandemic. So, what happens when employers ignore the rules? In some jurisdictions, employers can face civil or criminal penalties.
Officials in some states, including California, Georgia and New York, are asking people to report businesses that are violating shelter-in-place orders.
Whitney Merchant had been looking for a new job since she left AC Transit late last year. Despite the bleak economic conditions caused by COVID-19, she finally landed a position with a major health care company on their coronavirus communications team.
But Merchant hasn’t been able to start work because her new employer can’t complete a standard background check in two Bay Area counties where courthouses have shut down.
It’s hard to imagine now—as most of us are reading this in quarantine, with our feet propped on Costco boxes of spaghetti noodles—but we will one day have to go back to our offices. COVID-19 won’t be eradicated, and not everyone will be immune. But we’ll still be expected to sit at a desk and work. So how will work…work?
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