Question:

Can I send an employee home if they are sick or pregnant, regardless of whether it’s COVID-19-related, just to be safe?

Answer:

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 includes sending employees home who have the common cold.

You should not send employees home because you believe they are higher risk — this includes pregnant employees. We would encourage you to make working from home or unpaid leaves available for employees who want that option, but not to force that on anyone who doesn’t pose a risk to others.