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Blocks with employment law symbols many of the laws that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic have been relaxed and, simultaneously, many new laws have popped up in response to this unprecedented global crisis. (Photo: Shutterstock)

For businesses of all sizes and types, the impact of COVID-19 on the workforce is a chief concern. Employers must balance the challenges of increased unemployment claims and employment reductions while addressing bottom lines and other business concerns. They must also follow federal and state laws. While state law cannot be directly contrary to federal law, states can impose additional requirements or protections for their constituents and choose what to implement where federal law is permissive.

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