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Can My Employer Force me to Go to Work During the Coronavirus Epidemic?

Can my employer force me to go to work during the Coronavirus pandemic?

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to grow, more and more workers are being asked to work from home. But what if your employer demands that you report to work? What are your rights?

Can you boss or employer actually force to make you work during the pandemic?
Some experts say no but the laws are not so clear-cut.

This we know: if your local government says that your job is “essential,” you may have to comply with your employer’s wishes or risk termination or other consequences. Federal guidelines allow state and local municipalities to decide which businesses are essential during a crisis. Thus far, generally, grocery stores workers, food laborers, medical staff, as well as utilities and transportation workers are considered essential. Of course, law enforcement and emergency personnel are also considered personnel.

If there are not local requirements for you to show up during the pandemic, you are probably within your legal grounds to stay home. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations have a “general duty clause” that requires workplaces to offer environments that are “free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause serious injury or death.” The pandemic would fall under those guidelines.
Most employers are finding ways to avoid taking action against their employees. Working fro home or temporary closures will be considered before bosses will ask workers to leave their homes.

Remember, under most circumstances, if someone at your workplace has the virus, your boss has to tell you. Of course, under HIPAA laws, they cannot reveal the identity of the infected person. Only official health agencies such as the CD or health departments can disclose identifiable information without a patient’s authorization.

If your employer is pressuring you to return to work and your workplace is at high-risk for coronavirus, you can file a confidential safety and health complaint and ask for an OSHA inspection, officials said.

No one plans on getting sick, but if need to call the experts at the Ehline Law Firm APLC. All initial consultations are free. They answer the phone and, in some cases, they can cover your medical expenses upfront.

What Should Employers Do if Someone Gets Coronavirus?

What should your employer do if someone gets the Coronavirus?

Many people have lost their jobs or had their hours severely curtailed because of the quarantine mandated because of the Coronavirus. Despite that, some people who have essential jobs such as nurses, and others in the medical field, continue to go to work just as they had before.
Nurses, doctors, grocery store workers, convenience story employees, and others do not have a “home from home” option like many office workers, teachers, and others.
If you have to report to the office or your store and cannot work from, you have reasonable expectations that your employer, boss, or manager, is doing everything they can to safeguard you and your co-workers.
Employers, under the Occupational Health and Safety Act’s General Duty clause, are required to maintain a safe workplace for all workers. The clause also requires employers to identify any hazards that workers may face. In the case of Coronavirus, it means that employers they need to determine whether workers may encounter someone who is infected with the virus. In addition, it means that employers and supervisors need to watch for any possible signs of a presence of the virus in the workplace.
OSHA-the Occupational Safety and Health Administration-has provided information to employers on what to do if they suspect that a worker is infected.
If they suspect that an employer is infected, employers should:
* Take immediate steps to isolate the person or persons who are suspected of having the virus.
* Take steps to limit the person’s respiratory secretions, possibly by wearing a protective mask.
* Restrict the number of people coming into the isolated area.
No one plans on getting sick, but if need to call the experts at the Ehline Law Firm APLC. All initial consultations are free. They answer the phone and, in some cases, they can cover your medical expenses upfront.


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