Yes, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has stated that screening employees for symptoms of COVID-19 is allowed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because it is a direct...Read More
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Yes. However, given the widespread community transmission in the United States, an individual who has traveled may pose no more risk than someone who has not. If you feel where...Read More
Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised employers that employees who appear to have symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) should be separated from...Read More
Can I send an employee home if they are sick or pregnant, regardless of whether it’s COVID-19-related, just to be safe?
You have the right to send people home for sickness if it appears that they have something contagious; in this case, you are protecting other employees in the workplace. This...Read More
According to the CDC, employees who share a household with someone who is infected should self-quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure (exposure will be ongoing until the person...Read More
If you intend to claim a tax credit under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) for your payment of the sick leave or expanded family and medical leave wages,...Read More
We are an essential business where there’s a shelter-in place-rule and an employee is refusing to work as they say it’s not safe. Can we discipline them?
This is certainly a difficult situation to be in. We recommend extreme caution in disciplining or terminating an employee who refuses to work in a location that has shelter-in-place rules...Read More
As we begin to return to work, if an employee is out of the office due to sickness, can we ask them about their symptoms?
Yes, but there’s a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it. In non-pandemic circumstances, employers shouldn’t ask about an employee’s symptoms, as that could be...Read More
This is a tough situation. The CDC advises employers to send employees home when they have COVID-19 symptoms. If an employee claims their symptoms are from another cause (e.g., allergies,...Read More
Is it safe for our employees to keep working? How do we decide whether to keep employees working or not?
Ultimately each company will need to determine how it will fulfill its duty to provide a safe workplace to its employees. It’s very important to pay attention to federal, state,...Read More