Bloomberg Law
March 3, 2020, 10:30 AM

Employers Must Balance Risk, Compliance as Coronavirus Spreads

Genevieve Douglas
Genevieve Douglas
Chris Marr
Chris Marr
Staff Correspondent

Employers in U.S. states without sick-leave laws likely will be responsible for determining the best course of action to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the workplace, and their options don’t necessarily have to include providing pay or job protections during periods of absence.

As confirmed and suspected infections mount and strain public health resources, employers will face increased pressure to safeguard their employees. Companies will have to navigate compliance with federal and state laws surrounding leave, and exercise an abundance of caution to reduce the risk of spreading disease in the workplace—even if that means requiring workers to stay ...

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