HRACO Update: EEOC on the ADA & COVID-19

HRACO Members, we know you’re getting tons of info about Coronavirus/COVID-19... here’s some on the legal side and more.

The EEOC recently released an alert covering What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and the Coronavirus.  That guidance is here (it’s brief)... but it links to the agency’s much more thorough guide on pandemics, which addresses topics such as:

· how much information an employer may request from an employee who calls in sick;

· whether you can require employees with symptoms to stay home;

· requiring fitness for duty certification, and more.

Also, BOLI (oops!  I mean OLI, the recently re-branded “Oregon Labor and Industries” agency) posted some FAQs on COVID-10/Coronavirus in Oregon: Facts about Sick Time.

Don’t forget to leverage your SHRM membership resources.  For example, SHRM has an on-demand webinar on Coronavirus: Legal and Workplace Implications.  You can also find broad resources on communicable diseases in the workplace:  those include recently updated guidelines on effective pandemic preparedness plans (including a long list of links to forms), allowing telework, reviewing your sick leave policies, and more.

Finally, the CDC’s guidance on Resources for Business and Employers can be found here.  More local info can be found with the Oregon Health Authority, and Deschutes County Health Services (where you can sign up for local updates).

Take care, and see you soon – Kurt (Legislative Affairs, HRACO / Human Resources Association of Central Oregon)

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