Workforce Tip of the Week, sponsored by Spectrum Employee Services: Can we screen employees returning to work for COVID-19?

    Yes. Generally, inquiries about an employee’s health or a medical exam (like a temperature check) would not be allowed, but the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has stated that screening employees for symptoms of COVID-19 is allowed since it is a direct threat to others in the workplace. Because of that, you may inquire about symptoms related to the virus, require self-reporting by employees, and take employees’ temperatures. Employers can check this page for currently recognized symptoms. If you decide to do screenings, make sure you screen all employees. Otherwise you may find yourself in the middle of a discrimination claim. If you’re an employer in need of HR advice, please contact us.

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