Have a sick employee? Send them home right now.

March 16, 2020Media Mention
Human Resource Executive

Some employees are loyal. Maybe too loyal. Consider those who discount their illness and come to work sick because they need to meet a project deadline.

Since the coronavirus is thought to mainly spread between people who are in close contact with one another, the slightest sniffle, cough or sneeze from Bob or Susan could generate anxiety, even panic, among your workforce.

“HR professionals are juggling several obligations,” says Wendy Lane, chair of the employment department at Greenberg Glusker law firm. “They have an obligation under OSHA to provide a safe working environment but also have an obligation [to support] anti-discrimination laws by giving a [sick] employee the opportunity to at least address the issue so they can make an informed decision.”