Coronavirus and the Workplace

Disease Prevention

Employers must maintain a safe work environment for employees. They may require employees to stay home from work if they are at risk of spreading the disease.

There are several steps that employers can take to address the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace. Employers should:

  • Closely monitor the CDC, WHO and state and local public health department websites for information on the status of the coronavirus.
  • Proactively educate their employees on what is known about the virus, including its transmission and prevention.
  • Establish a written communicable illness policy and response plan that covers communicable diseases readily transmitted in the workplace.