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Empty office space while officer is working from home to avoid corona virus. Worker follows social distancing and stays at home to prevent COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV infection and reduce pandemic. Credit: KornT/Shutterstock.com  In 2020, employers were thrown into the deep end as working remotely became a necessity. (Credit: KornT/Shutterstock.com)

With 2020 (finally!) over, we’re left with a host of novel employment law issues. Many stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic, but others emerged as a result of the Black Lives Matter protests and the election. As we move forward, we can expect many of these issues to linger for years. Below are five employment law issues that surfaced in 2020, and examples of practical business solutions, drawn from a lively and fruitful discussion at the October 2020 Women, Influence and Power in Law conference.

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