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Employment Law Considerations Regarding COVID-19

Establish a Written Plan

Employers may want to consider developing an infectious disease protocol, compliant with OSHA and health/safety laws and regulations, if not already included in a written safety or emergency action plan. The plan should address such issues as the following:


  • when an employee may be sent home due to illness and under what circumstances they may return;


  • when an employee should disclose potential exposure and how such disclosure will be treated;


  • whether and when employers may want employees to use personal protective equipment, such as face masks or gloves, and how that will be implemented in the workplace;


  • what leave benefits are available and restate any required procedures for their use;


  • how the employer will maintain the employee’s privacy; and


  • who is the designated point of contact regarding the plan.

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