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Say Goodbye to the Toddler Stars of the Pandemic Office Zoom

Remote-work rules after Covid will likely include child-care provisions

Virus Pandemic Creates Work From Home Culture
Photographer: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

The children who unexpectedly guest starred on so many pandemic video conference calls will play a much smaller role in the post-Covid work-from-home world.

With hybrid schedules and remote work expected to continue even after the pandemic ends, U.S. companies are moving from Covid stopgaps to setting parameters for employees seeking flexibility. Chief among them, according to labor attorneys, are rules ensuring that someone else will take care of the kids during the workday.