Though the world has only been familiar with the novel coronavirus for around six months, the impact of the pandemic has already begun to impact the nation’s legal system. When something this groundbreaking happens, the law is often charged with the task of keeping up with all of the changes.
If there ever were a time for flexibility and agility in the law, it’s now. Take a moment to read through a brief look at a few ways in which COVID-19 has already impacted the U.S. legal system, and stay in the know.
Laws regarding your unemployment
Millions of people have been laid off or terminated from their work position since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. Due to the overflow of applicants, there have been a slew of problematic issues to deal with along the way. Simply put, people aren’t getting their money.
If you’re one of the millions of people who are not being supported in the way that they should, you need to delve into the foundational and the new laws regarding unemployment claims. It may take some time, but you can make progress with your claim when you know the proper legal paths to take.
If you are still employed during COVID-19
If you’re still working despite the spread of the virus, you are at risk every day when you clock-in for work. Unless you are working remotely, your job likely forces you to be in close contact with at least a handful of people every shift.
If you or someone in your family does happen to contract the illness, You have legal protection for your job. You simply have to know your boundaries. FMLA (family medical leave act) still applies, for instance.
Many courts are not in session
At this moment in time, the pandemic has not yet slowed enough for all the courts to be in regular session. Many courts are not being held at all right now, adding quite a kink in the system.
It’s important to know what you can do after the pandemic slows. When courts are back in session, you need to be ready to address the legal situations that have arisen in the past months.
Continuously research legal changes
Stay on top of the various legal shifts occurring throughout the pandemic. Every day, something new happens in the way of the law, and you should always be in the know regarding the boundaries of your life. Take an active part in what’s happening, and keep up with the legal news of the day.
Keep a competent lawyer by your side
The most proactive thing you can do to stay up to date concerning the law is to have a strong lawyer by your side. Build rapport with a knowledgeable legal professional, and you have a new outlet for resources.