COVID and your Employees

COVID and your Employees

It’s hard to believe that September is already over. September brought along its own stresses and apprehension with the decision to send our kids back to school.

We are still hearing from many practices that they are concerned with COVID-19 and the impact it is having on staff and patients. Back in March, we saw the effects of Covid-19 and how quickly things changed. We were all left perplexed by the severity of what happened.

One of the common questions we are getting is: Should I send an employee home if they are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms?

You can and should ask your employees to self-report any symptoms of the virus (i.e. fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or sore throat) that they have.

If an employee reports having one or more of these symptoms, or if you observe them yourself, the CDC is recommending that the individual stay home (or be sent home) from work.

As an employer, you are able to require employees to stay home if they are sick.

This is a public health recommendation and not a requirement, so ultimately the decision is up to you as a business owner. We are hearing from many owners who are having too many staffing problems with sending someone home each time they have some symptoms.

We’re hearing from just as many owners who prefer to deal with staffing issues over risking others becoming infected and potentially needing to close down for a period of time.

You need to make the best decision for your business, based on each situation. Make sure you document your reasoning for sending this employee home, having them telecommute, or allowing them to work.

As this pandemic continues to evolve we are getting all kinds of questions regarding different situations and scenarios so we decided to create an FAQ page on some of the questions we have received. We want to give you the tools and resources to help better prepare you for the difference situations that can arise.

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." – Benjamin Franklin

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