Members of the PBA COVID-19 Task Force called for the creation of this ongoing series of quick tips to assist members as they adjust to the impacts of the coronavirus crisis. Tips provide insights on working effectively and efficiently from home, health and wellness techniques to cope with stress, and key points to safely reopen businesses. Tips appear on the PBA social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and in the Pennsylvania Bar News and the PBA e-brief.
May 29, 2020
Timely Tip: Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you can claim a tax deduction on home office expenses. As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, for tax years 2018 through 2025, you can’t deduct home office expenses if you are an employee. Tip Source: Forbes, Kelly Phillips Erb, Working From Home? Your Home Office Expenses Are Probably Not Tax-Deductible. Timely Tips is a project of the PBA COVID-19 Task Force. #PBAtimelytips
May 27, 2020
Timely Tip: IT will be in the middle of the new normal. Objections to emerging technologies are melting away. Now is the time to institute culture change, lean start-up style. Tip source: CIO.com, 8 Tips for Driving Digital Strategy During COVID-19. Timely Tips is a project of the PBA COVID-19 Task Force. #PBAtimelytips
May 25, 2020
Timely Tip: Eyes stinging and burning? It’s no wonder you have screen fatigue after staring at screens all day and night. Give yourself more breaks. Allow at least 10-15 minutes between virtual meetings. Look away from the screen and at distant objects frequently. Reduce on-screen stimuli by minimizing windows, and change the videoconferencing layout to show only the speaker. Tip source: Associations Now Daily Buzz, Adapt Your Work Habits to Overcome Screen Fatique. Timely Tips is a project of the PBA COVID-19 Task Force. #PBAtimelytips
May 22, 2020
Timely Tip: A lawyer having direct supervisory authority over another lawyer must work to ensure that the other lawyer conforms to the Rules of Professional Conduct. Tip source: PBA Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Formal Opinion 2020-300, Ethical Obligations for Lawyers Working Remotely. Timely Tips is a project of the PBA COVID-19 Task Force.
May 21, 2020
Timely Tip: The first step in re-opening is making sure your facility is a safe environment for you, your employees and your clients. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed comprehensive guidelines on how best to prepare your workplace. Tip source: https://bringingpaback.com/, an initiative of the PA Chamber. Timely Tips is a project of the PBA COVID-19 Task Force.
May 20, 2020
Timely Tip: Communicate purposefully, consistently and often. Keeping your organization engaged is a critical challenge of remote working. For more best practice tips on working remotely, go to Best Practices for Legal Employees. Tip source: A National Survey on the New Normal of Working Remotely: Best Practices for Legal Employees, the Red Bee Group LLC. Timely Tips is a project of the PBA COVID-19 Task Force.
May 19, 2020
Timely Tip: Create a disclosure for the use of Zoom with clients and make them aware of the security risks. Lawyers should make disclosures for all types of communications since they all have risks, especially email. Read more about Zoom at https://jlellis.net/blog/a-word-about-zoom-for-lawyers/. Tip source: PBA Solo and Small Firm Section Listserv. Timely Tips is a project of the PBA COVID-19 Task Force.
May 18, 2020
Timely Tip: Working remotely shouldn’t mean working chaotically. Creating a routine and structure is vital. That means maintaining a normal sleep and awake schedule, working during the times you used to work, and making time for exercise and time outdoors. Get more coping strategies at https://www.lclpa.org/. Tip source: The Pennsylvania Bar News, “Mental Health Resources for Lawyers.” Timely Tips is a project of the PBA COVID-19 Task Force.