With more and more news of coronavirus cases popping up across the United States, it’s understandable if you have questions about how your workplace might be affected and what employment rights you have if you end up catching the virus. Below, we answer some of the common questions we have been getting from clients regarding coronavirus in the workplace.
Question #1: Is my employer required to buy face masks for staff?
A: The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) advises that only medical personnel wear face masks due to their increased risk of exposure and frequent contact with ill patients.
Question #2: Can employers force workers to work from home?
A: If your employer is concerned aboutcoronavirus spreading in the workplace, they can choose to require workers to work from home instead of coming into the office.
Question #3: Can I refuse to go to work if I’m afraid of being infected?
A: You can only refuse to show up to work if you believe you are in imminent danger. According to Section 13(a) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, “imminent danger” includes, “any conditions or practices in any place of employment which are such that a danger exists which can reasonably be expected to cause death or serious physical harm immediately or before the imminence of such danger can be eliminated through the enforcement procedures otherwise provided by this Act.” You should consult with an experienced employment law attorney to determine if the threat of coronavirus at your workplace fits this criterion.
Employment Law Representation
Our lawyers at K2 Employment Law Group are here to assist if you have more questions about how the coronavirus might impact your employment rights. We proudly provide clients throughout Northridge with dedicated representation that is backed by decades of experience. When you choose our firm to handle your employment law matter, you can rest assured that we will tirelessly advocate for your best interests both in and out of the courtroom.
To request your free case consultation with K2 Employment Law Group, please reach out to us today by calling (800) 590-7674.