DEF Institutes Mandatory Work-From-Home Status in Response to COVID-19
"In order to decrease the spread of COVID-19, and in compliance with the CDC's recommendations to implement the use of social distancing strategies, Drew Eckl & Farnham has made the decision to institute a mandatory work-from -home status for all of our offices starting on March 17.
Despite the closing of our physical offices, we will continue providing our clients with exceptional legal services." ... Continue Reading
DEF was featured in an article by SHRM, "Silver Linings: Managers See Upsides During the Pandemic," highlighting how our firm has focused on efficiency, collaboration and automation during the pandemic. Managing Partner Joe Chancey explained that as the spread of COVID-19 escalated and working remotely suddenly became necessary, the firm's Emergency Response Team worked quickly to update our business processes. ... Continue Reading
In light of the shelter-in-place orders issued by the state, counties and municipalities across the country, a significant number of businesses allowed most of their employees to work remotely. While working remotely has reduced the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, employees may not be as diligent with cyber security while working from home. As a result, employers should be concerned that the increased remote access by employees may make their network ripe for cyber-attacks. According to a 2018 Security Tracker Study conducted by Shred-it, 86% of C-Suite executives and 60% of small business owners agree that the risk of a data breach is higher when employees work off-site than when they work at the office. In light of these concerns, employers must not only implement an effective remote work from home policy, employers must be aware of the possible cyber insurance issues that might exclude or otherwise limit coverage for a remote cyber breach. ... Continue Reading
Attorneys Dan Kniffen, Megan Noble, Meredith Guerrero, and Neil Brunetz hosted a live webinar with Qualified Staffing regarding Coronavirus and the New Workplace on April 16, 2020 from 2:00-3:00pm EDT. Below are questions on the topics discussed. ... Continue Reading
As businesses are reopening statewide, employee safety is top of mind for everyone. It's crucial for businesses to have appropriate practices in place to help prevent employees from contracting COVID-19 at the workplace. Both OSHA and the CDC have provided guidance on how to approach returning to work but we know that putting guidelines into practice can be a challenge. ... Continue Reading
On May 21, the Georgia Supreme Court will begin issuing orders to reinstate filing deadlines that were previously tolled by Chief Justice Melton's March 14th Order. ... Continue Reading