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Are Employment Agreements Still Valid During a Pandemic?

March 27, 2020

By: Melody Lynch

COVID-19 (coronavirus) has disrupted daily life for all of us. As an employer, you may be wondering whether you must honor the terms and conditions of the employment agreements with your key or executive level staff or whether you can terminate or amend those employment agreements at this time. The short answer is that it depends.

The specific terms of the particular employment agreement will control how and when you can terminate the contract, press pause on the contract, furlough employees covered by employment agreements, or even amend the employment agreement to react to the disruption of business activities around the globe. Many employment agreements also contain force majeure provisions which can be applied in circumstances of pandemics like coronavirus.

Even without force majeure provisions, employers have a number of options and available remedies in dealing with employment agreements in times of crisis.

If your company has employment agreements that you would like to discuss with an attorney, please contact Melody Lynch at 407-418-6447 or melody.lynch@lowndes-law.com.


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Melody

Melody Lynch is a litigator and founding member of the firm’s Data Governance Group. She focuses her legal practice on complex business litigation, banking litigation, probate & trust litigation, guardianship, intellectual property litigation, labor & employment litigation, family law and step-parent adoption.

Melody has worked on matters involving a wide variety of business disputes, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, non-disclosure agreements and trade secrets. Her estate litigation practice focuses on matters involving wills, trusts, or guardianships.

A frequent author and lecturer on the topics of employment law, eDiscovery, workplace privacy and technology, Melody assists clients in preparing document retention and destruction policies. She has litigated complex cases involving voluminous amounts of electronically stored information (ESI), designing review platforms and managing document preservation, collection, and production efforts through settlement or trial.

The court room isn’t the only stage on which Melody has appeared. Before pursuing her career in law, Melody attended college on a ballet scholarship and danced with a professional ballet company as an apprentice dancer. Lynch received her bachelor’s degree from Butler University, is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law and holds an M.B.A from Stetson University. She often calls on her educational background, augmented by experience, to counsel clients on complex business and employment matters. She has represented clients in the health care, environmental, hospitality, and banking industries, among others.

Additionally, Melody is heavily involved in the Central Florida community and has been awarded with the Presidential Leadership Award by the Orange County Bar Association. Additionally she was named "40 under 40" by the Orlando Business Journal. She holds positions on boards of several organizations, which are all included below. She is a Guardian ad Litem for the Legal Aid Society where she represents the interests of abused and neglected children. She is a pro bono attorney for Seniors First where she represents the interests of indigent elderly wards. 

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