In what may be a sign of things to come for many of us, The Washington Post reports that last night, the SEC asked employees in its DC headquarters to work from home in response to concerns that an employee may have contracted the coronavirus:
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday asked employees at its D.C. headquarters to stay away from the office because of a potential coronavirus case, becoming the first major federal employer to turn to telework to avoid the spreading virus.
The announcement from the agency, which is charged with monitoring the financial markets, came after a day of turmoil on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling more than 2,000 points. The agency‘s notice, which was emailed shortly after 8 p.m., required employees working on the ninth floor of its office to stay home and encouraged all others to do the same.
While the SEC may be the first federal agency to ask employees to telecommute, a number of U.S. businesses have also implemented work from home policies for some employees in response to the outbreak. Many others are adopting contingency plans that contemplate doing the same. For instance, last night my law firm sent out an email directing everyone to take their laptop computers home each night, in case the decision was made to implement a work from home policy for personnel at one or more of our offices.
-John Jekins, TheCorporateCounsel.net March 10, 2020
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