What if I have an employee who recently traveled abroad?
Employers should consult with legal counsel before requiring an employee who recently traveled to China or through any region where there has been an outbreak of the virus to stay home from work to ensure the employer is not violating the Americans with Disabilities Act or any local, state or federal antidiscrimination laws.
Should I update my sick leave policy?
Employers should ensure that state-mandated paid sick leave policies are compliant, flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies. CDC also encourages employers to maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member and be aware that more employees than usual may need to stay home. In the event of a potential staff shortage, employers should prepare alternative staffing plans to ensure as many of their facility’s staff are available as possible.
Employees should be made aware that some of the preventive measures may result in a loss of income if an employee has exhausted paid sick time or other paid time off.
CDC advises employers not to require a healthcare provider's note to validate an employee's illness because healthcare facilities may be extremely busy and unable to provide such documentation in a timely way.