By  on March 24, 2020

Retail’s lawyers, working from home, are busy. Many are fielding calls about store leases, unemployment benefits, financing and new regulations daily during a pandemic where officials are still scrambling to restrict nonessential businesses to rein in the contagion.

The retail industry, which accounts for roughly $2.6 trillion of the U.S. annual GDP, has directly employed some 29 million Americans, according to the trade group the National Retail Federation. But successive temporary store closures across the country have left many employees out of a job and needing to seek unemployment benefits, while others face furloughs — unpaid leave while technically still on the company payroll — or salary cuts.

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