Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace: Employer Responsibilities and Rights Under the ADA

The Coronavirus (SARS-CoV2), that first crossed over to humans in Wuhan, China, has now sickened more than 100,000 people worldwide. The condition the virus creates, COVID-19, has killed more than 4,000. Outbreaks so far in the U.S. have been scattered and most deadly to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. Many localized outbreaks have been traced to overseas travel, but some community-acquired cases have defied easy explanation. Predicting the outbreak’s course by public health officials and employers has so far proven difficult.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a flexible response to the Coronavirus based on local conditions. However, the situation is changing rapidly, and employers must have plans and policies in place to react quickly. The guidance touches on issues such as handling sick employees, telecommuting and managing business travel.

Keep sick employees at home.

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