Last Updated: 3.27.2020 @ 1:35 pm
EEOC Pandemic Guide in effect
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) created a pandemic guidance. This document is technical in nature and provides information about Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act as well as pandemic planning in the workplace.
Last Updated: 3.27.2020 @ 11:30 am
For hourly, non-exempt employees, employees must be paid for any time in which they have worked. Employers are not required to compensate hourly employees who are absent from work. During a pandemic, hourly employees may be sent home without performing any work and not be paid for the time they would otherwise have worked. However, employees must be paid if they do any work, regardless of whether they are at work.
By: Elizabeth Bolduc, Esq.
On Thursday, The Department of Labor (DOL) released additional guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), including “Field Assistance Bulletin No.
Last Updated: 3.27.2020 @ 11:45 am
Employers should also be aware that typically taking an employee’s temperature at work is considered a medical examination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Absent an undue hardship, an employer may only conduct medical examination for current employees if it is job-related and consistent with business needs.
Last Updated: 3.27.2020 @ 3:25 pm
OSHA Published Guidance
OSHA is closely coordinating with CDC, NIOSH, and other agencies to monitor the ongoing outbreak. In order to reduce the risk of hazard as much as possible, employers should review OSHA’s new Guidelines for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.
The guidelines are advisory and informational in nature only.
The guidelines do not create any new legal obligations.