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Legal Dept. Heads Surveyed About Remote Working


November 23, 2022

Attorneys Joshua I. Rothman, Ralph A. Dengler, and Robert S. Pickens of Venable surveyed in-house counsel across a range of industries to see how companies are handling remote work post-pandemic. Owen McKeon, U.S. General Counsel, Scandinavian Tobacco Group, says that after being fully remote from the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, his company began a hybrid schedule in early 2022, encouraging its employees to come into the office in a phased approach. Jay Cahill, Intellectual Property Counsel, Markforged Inc., says that his company safely maintained a sizable on-site workforce of critical engineering and manufacturing personnel throughout the pandemic. Other employees were remote from March 2020 until mid-2021. MarkForged is encouraging but not mandating a return to the office. Ruth Atherton, CLO of The Commons Project Foundation, a global non-profit focusing on data interoperability and creating global public goods such as open data standards, has always been a fully remote workplace. Staff that are co-located in the same city find time together at WeWork to help build personal connections. In person meetings are important for co-creation and strategy sessions.

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