AmEx says employees can work from home through 2020

(Reuters) – American Express Co employees that are able to work from home should continue to do so for the rest of the year, Chief Executive Officer Steve Squeri said in a video message on LinkedIn as he spoke about a return-to-office plan.

“We still don’t know exactly when we’ll start coming back. We expect it will take several months in most locations. The key here is that returning to location will not happen all at once,” he said in an almost five-minute long video

Squeri said the company would open buildings on a “location by location, floor by floor and colleague by colleague basis, with the work environment expected to be “completely different” from what it was before the outbreak.

“If you can work from home effectively, you should plan on doing this for the rest of the year,” he said, adding that AmEx’s offices in the near

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When Americans come back to work, we could see a ‘spike in litigation’ over coronavirus

As COVID-19 infection rates begin to level off, and governments mull unprecedented action to return millions of Americans back to offices, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, restaurants, and retail locations, legal protections created for a pre-pandemic world are about to be tested. And businesses may be exposed to a wave of new lawsuits.

“When people are going back to work and getting back out to normal life you’re going to see a spike of infections, and I fully expect that will be followed with a spike in litigation,” Eric A. Swan, an attorney with Lathrop GPM who handles tort defense on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, told Yahoo Finance. Swan describes the coming claims as “battlegrounds” that will settle new labor and business disputes.

The anticipated uptick has labor and employment attorneys shifting focus from helping clients navigate the avalanche of coronavirus-related furloughs, layoffs, and work from home mandates, to preparing for

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