Here’s what employers can and can’t do when they take your temperature in return to work

Original News Source (CNBC) - https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/29/what-employers-can-legally-ask-about-coronavirus-in-return-to-work.html

Key Points:

  • The CDC released specific guidelines this week for what a return to office buildings should look like, including temperature checks, mandatory masks, distant desks, and closing common areas.
  • Federal law prohibits employers from asking about employee health or undergoing a medical test unless it’s related to the job and business necessity, but Covid-19 is changing that.
  • Legal experts say employers are now allowed to take two actions to protect their workforces: temperature screening and checking for symptoms of the coronavirus.
  • Employers can also exclude workers they suspect have symptoms from the workplace.

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