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Returning to the Office: Preparing for a Hybrid Work Environment (Part Two)

As we begin to consider what law firm operations will look like post-pandemic, numerous firms are in the process of building and implementing their Return-to-Office (RTO) strategies to reintegrate attorneys and staff into their physical office locations. In last week’s Epiq Angle, we discussed how many of these firms are utilizing a hybrid approach, which gives employees numerous options for collaboration and flexibility.

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Returning to the Office: Preparing for a Hybrid Work Environment

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations to adopt flexible working models, and the legal industry was no exception. However, with restrictions being lifted and vaccines becoming more widely distributed, many organizations are in the process of building and implementing their return-to-office strategies. While some are reverting to exclusively onsite work, just as it was before the pandemic, many firms are leaning towards a hybrid approach which gives their employees numerous options for collaboration and flexibility.

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Is the AI Revolution Creating Information Governance Problems?

The world is powered by data and technology. With all the focus and new legislation on data privacy, organizations need to keep governance at the forefront when reconciling the use of emerging technologies with compliance and privacy considerations. One area where this becomes particularly important is when organizations utilize platforms, solutions, and other technologies powered by artificial intelligence (AI) for business purposes. Some examples include creditors automating decisions on consumer approvals or employers using AI technology to assist with hiring determinations.

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The Future of Blockchain and eDiscovery: What Should the Legal Industry Expect?

With new technologies frequently surfacing during an eDiscovery review, it is time for legal departments to take a deeper dive into blockchain so they can be prepared for what is to come. Legal professionals are aware of what blockchain is and may even use this technology for some business functions like smart contracts or payment for services via cryptocurrency. However, blockchain is still evolving and there are many unknowns about how this technology operates and what role it will play in both the legal industry and general business.

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