What employers can and cannot do

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What employers can do

  • Direct employees to inform HR if they have been potentially exposed to Covid-19 or if they have traveled to high-risk places.
  • Instruct employees who exhibit manifest symptoms to undergo medical examination or rest at home.
  • Require a medical certificate for return to work for employees who exhibited symptoms.
  • Implement flexible working arrangement, telecommuting, and compressed workweek.
  • Issue workplace policies and regulations to protect the workforce.
  • Frequently sanitize work areas, provide hand sanitizers, and regularly remind employees on best practices to avoid getting the virus.

What employers should not do?

  • Ban employees from working if they have been potentially exposed to Covid-19 or if they have traveled to high-risk places. (Instead, employers can direct employees to disclose such information and, where necessary, instruct those who exhibit manifest symptoms to undergo medical examination or rest at home.)
  • Require nonessential travel to affected areas.
  • Fail to respect the employee’s right to privacy by leaking health or medical information.
  • Make medical opinions or spread misinformation to the employees.
  • Fail to submit OSH report on work-related illness.
  • Discriminate or target certain employees and using the virus as a pretext.
  • Suspend or dismiss employees who exhibit symptoms.

Updated: 10 March 2020