Should You Monitor Workers Who Aren’t Social Distancing Off Duty?

May 19, 2020, SHRM Newsletter, by Allen Smith, J.D.

Summer is near, and many stir-crazy employees are eager to get outdoors, hit the beach and visit family, despite the pandemic. Employers who choose to monitor off-duty conduct may be legally permitted to send home workers who aren’t social distancing off duty, if the policy is applied consistently. However, some think this approach isn’t practical and recommend alternatives.

If an employer learns that an employee is not following social distancing guidelines away from work, it may ask him or her to stay home for 14 days, said Laura Jacobsen, an attorney with McDonald Carano in Reno, Nev. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance permitting an employee to return to work sooner than 14 days under some circumstances.  To read the entire article click here.

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