Bloomberg Law
March 10, 2020, 7:34 PM

Employers Must Track Coronavirus Infections in the Workplace

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen

Employers dealing with coronavirus worries can add another concern—federal workplace safety regulators expect them to track infections or risk being fined.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the guidance in early March, equating Covid-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, to other infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and hepatitis A.

The tracking requirement could pose a problem for employers who will have to determine if a worker was stricken by Covid-19—not the flu or a cold—and whether the worker was infected while on the job. There are many types of coronaviruses, including some that cause the common cold. ...

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