Understanding and responding to the business and legal impacts of COVID-19

When May Employers Require Workers to Self-Quarantine?

March 5, 2020, SHRM.org, by Allen Smith, J.D.

Spring break is near, and globe-trotting employees soon may return to the workplace from countries that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State Department have classified as areas where travelers could be at high risk for contracting COVID-19.

Employers can require workers to stay away from the workplace during the maximum incubation period of the virus—thought to be approximately 14 days—but may decide to not be so strict with employees returning from countries with low-risk assessment levels or low travel-alert levels.

Laura Jacobsen recommends that employers impose waiting times for employees who have recently returned from a State Department level 4 country.  “These workers should stay away from work and monitor themselves for 14 days,” she said.  She wouldn’t recommend a self-quarantine for workers coming from countries with lower travel alerts.  To read the entire article click here.


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