Question of the Week

Can I require an employee that has recently traveled (personal or for business) to a high risk area to stay at home for a period of time after they return?

Answer:  Because COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic, employers do not have to wait until an employee develops symptoms to ask about potential exposure. If the CDC or local health authorities such as the Oregon Health Authority recommends that individuals traveling to an affected area stay home for a period of time, then employers may do the same. It is recommended you obtain information from the CDC and Oregon Health Authority if you have any employees in that situation.

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