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The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China. It raises challenging issues for employers, particularly those that have multiple locations, provide a variety of services, and employ a global workforce that may travel routinely for business.

For employers who have lived through prior global pandemics, now is the time to revisit preparedness protocol and re-evaluate the same for changes in locations of workforces and evolution in local laws. For those who are new to the scene, planning for and responding to a potential pandemic requires that multinational employers focus on three key issues: (1) how to maintain a safe workplace; (2) how to maintain operations in the face of a pandemic; and (3) how to minimize exposure to potential liabilities that may result.



Susan Eandi is the head of Baker McKenzie's Global Employment and Labor Law practice group for North America, and chair of the California Labor & Employment practice group. She speaks regularly for organizations including ACC, Bloomberg, and M&A Counsel. Susan has been published extensively in various external legal publications in addition to handbooks/magazines published by the Firm. Susan has been recognized as a leader in employment law by The Daily Journal, Legal 500, PLC and is a Chambers ranked attorney.


Joseph Deng is a partner in Baker Mckenzie's Palo Alto office. Mr. Deng — listed among the Southern California Super Lawyers rising stars by Los Angeles Magazine — represents multinational employers in all aspects of PRC labor and employment law. He is co-author of California Business Law Deskbook and co-author of "China’s Draft Employment Contracts Law: Impact on HR Issues in M&A in China" for the September 2006 issue of Human Resources.