EEOC Issues Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic and Employer’s Responsibilities Under ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and Other EEOC Laws

April 29, 2020

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has issued guidance to employers on how to deal with certain employee-related issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the EEOC guidance (in a frequently asked question format) addresses some of the following issues:

  • What information an employer may request from an employee who calls in sick in order to protect remaining work force
  • How employers may screen employees entering the workplace for COVID-19 symptoms
  • When an employer may take the body temperature of an employee
  • Maintaining confidentiality of medical information
  • Guidelines on hiring and onboarding of employees and COVID-19 related questions
  • Responsibilities of offering reasonable accommodations for individuals with recognized disabilities or preexisting conditions that may be impacted by COVID-19
  • Methods to screen employees returning to work after COVID-19 and when employers may require employees to wear protective gear

For the EEOC’s guidance, please visit - https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/wysk_ada_rehabilitaion_act_coronavirus.cfm

Employers, business owners and human resource professionals should review the EEOC’s guidelines to understand their legal duties during these challenging time periods. If you have questions on how the EEOC’s guidance applies to your workforce, please contact me at info@pomeroy-law.com.

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