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Back to work? Companies finding it easier said than done

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Posted at 2:14 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 14:14:37-04

NEW YORK — As state and federal leaders tussle over when and how fast to “reopen” the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, some corporations are taking the first steps toward bringing their employees back to work.

In many cases, that is easier said than done.

In Detroit, automakers are negotiating safety steps with the United Auto Workers in order to reopen factories, although many plant employees will still work in close quarters.

Retailers, restaurants and mall operators are looking at China’s experience for tips on reopening stores.

Many tech companies, by contrast, are taking their time bringing back their remote workforces — although there are some striking exceptions.