St. Louis Partner Charles Jellinek, co-leader of the firm’s Employment & Labor Practice, was quoted March 21 by USA Today concerning the differences between essential and non-essential businesses as more states issue shelter-in-place orders in response to the coronavirus. Jellinek said employees should contact their employers if they haven’t been given clear direction. “There’s certainly some businesses in retail that can continue on, the obvious ones (are) grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations, farmers’ markets,” Jellinek said. “But electronic goods, entertainment goods, luxury goods, clothing stores, I would be surprised if they were taking the position they should be open. Right now it’s just going to be what do people need for everyday living.”

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