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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.

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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.

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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.