Can we require a sick employee to pass a COVID-19 test before returning to work?

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Aaron Holt discussed with HR Dive about employers requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test before permitting them to return to work.  Yes, according to Aaron, "but what we've been telling our clients is that may not be the best approach." Notably, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has said employers can test on-site employees for COVID-19 as a condition of entering the workplace. But testing remains difficult to obtain, Aaron noted, and it's not always advisable to send someone to a healthcare facility. Instead, he said, many employers have adopted a less intrusive approach.

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