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Wilson Sonsini Tech Arm Rolls Out Free Covid-19 Automation Tools

March 25, 2020, 12:14 PM

Wilson Sonsini’s tech arm released free tools that will help companies automate policies related to extended sick leave, telecommuting and travel. SixFifty also unveiled a free system to track the health of employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

In Demand: Regulators are updating employment policies quickly on topics such as temperature screenings and inquiring about employee health. The policies from SixFifty will be automatically updated by Wilson Sonsini lawyers.

Cost Savings: “You need all this info. But hopefully you wouldn’t have to go to a technology vendor, buy a ticketing system and have an employment lawyer set it up for $50,000. We’ve taken care of all that for you,” said Kimball Parker, president of SixFifty.

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  • Oral arguments scheduled for April and May in the Denver-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit are being reevaluated by the court, according to an email from the circuit clerk obtained by Bloomberg Law.


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