Laura Sanders Fowler
I speak to you today not only as a lawyer who has advised many employers over the past month, but as a small business owner and employer. Every day I serve the needs of 26 of the most heroic individuals on the face of this earth. March 26, 2020 Fowler Law team dutifully assumed very new and unfamiliar battle stations in their homes. All have continued to provide high quality legal services without hesitation or complaint. All have remained eomployed full time. Fowler Law allowed all employees to work from home, even tough legal services are defined by federal, state and local law to be essential services.
Attached are Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order GA-16, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce revised April 17, 2020 and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Poster. Many businesses will begin to reopen soon. Many others, private employers, charitable and nonprofit administrators, were authorized to operate throughout this challenge because lke Fowler Law, they are defined by the orders as providing or supporting Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure.
Those employers who have reached out to us for legal advice over the past month to a one have been loving, kind people who are facing one of the greatest challenges of their professional lives. They love their team members and families and want to do the right thing by all. They know that no business, charity or governmental unit can remain closed or allow its workers to remain largely at home indefinitely. Meanwhile, some workers are enraged by the prohibitions and want to return to work; others are too fearful to return.
We advise those who employ fewer than fifty (50) employees consider following which should greatly easse your decision making process. The moral and spiritual dilemma many will face, to be kind while taking the steps necessary to ansure the continued life and livelihood of your team, will likely be among the most significant decisions you ever make.
Laura Sanders Fowler
During these unusual times, I encourage you to be kind to each other.
John Gabriel Lione, Jr.
COVID-19 has changed how we conduct our business. Social distance is a new term and something we are not used to. Here are a few helpful pointers which we will discuss in greater detail next week at a series of webinars I will cohost:
Stay Safe. John Lione