Being a lawyer has always been a stressful job. While people in other industries might complain about the pointlessness of their jobs or that they get work-related phone calls and emails outside of their usual 40-hour workweek, a lot more is at stake for lawyers. As a lawyer, those phone calls and emails are providing valuable information, so you welcome them. The real stress is how much your clients stand to lose if you do not handle their cases well; depending on your practice area, it could just be money, or it could be their freedom or their relationship with their children. Whether you are a lawyer or a member of any other profession, a Red Bank employment lawyer can help you exercise your legal rights as an employee.
Lawyers Are Feeling the Stress of Burnout
The COVID-19 pandemic is stressful for everyone, both for people whose occupations require them to be onsite at their jobs no matter how high the number of new COVID infections and for those whose jobs required them to transfer hastily to a work from home situation where they must attend glitchy virtual meetings at the same dining table where their children attend glitchy virtual class sessions. While lawyers in some practice areas were in the habit of meeting with clients and colleagues virtually even before the pandemic, the constant shifting of policies and expectations in the workplace is as stressful in law firms as in any other place of employment. Lawyers are as worried as anyone else about being exposed to COVID when they return to work in person and as stressed about isolating themselves from family members if someone with whom they were in close contact tests positive.
Which Legal Services Are in Demand During the Pandemic?
The services of lawyers are essential to helping society cope with the lasting effects of the pandemic. Amid mass layoffs and the Great Resignation, bankruptcy lawyers and employment lawyers find their services in especially high demand. Employment lawyers are increasingly taking on cases where employees are in dispute with their employers about COVID-19 policies and non-compete agreements. Family law attorneys are helping clients resolve disputes about co-parenting during the pandemic. As for business law attorneys, they are receiving an increasing number of panel firm requests for proposals (RFPs) from corporate clients. Like employers in many other industries, law firms are finding it increasingly difficult to find prospective employees. According to Nancey Watson of Reuters, some law firms in the United States have started recruiting lawyers from Canada to work for them because they could not find enough job candidates in the United States.
Contact an Employment Lawyer About the Future of the Legal Profession
Your employment lawyers at McOmber McOmber & Luber appreciate the work that lawyers in all practice areas do, with or without the pandemic, and can help you strategize about employment challenges that you are facing. McOmber McOmber & Luber, P.C.’s employment lawyers are available for consultation. Please call our office in Red Bank, New Jersey at 732-842-6500, our Marlton, New Jersey office at 856-985-9800, or our Newark, New Jersey office at 973-787-9040 find out more.