The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it uncertainty in all facets of life, employment not the least among them. We must appreciate that the employment relationship is the heart of the American economy—commerce needs business, business needs employees, employees need wages, wages fuel commerce. So, when a deadly new virus has governments bringing entire societies to a standstill like some dystopian twist on the childhood game red light/green light, the economy suffers and everyone panics. How can businesses stay afloat with their doors closed for months? How can employees pay their own bills and keep roofs overhead? And what happens when employers, in their rush to get things moving again, play fast and loose with the welfare of their employees?
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