Thursday, February 06, 2020
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus ("2019-nCoV" or "Coronavirus") is a rapidly spreading respiratory illness that is raising important issues for employers. Employers are faced with balancing their obligation to maintain a safe and healthful workplace with an employee's right to be free from discrimination. In this Advisory, the legal framework pertaining to Coronavirus risks in the workplace is discussed. The information from public health officials is changing quickly as the disease spreads, so employers should continue to monitor guidance provided by agencies charged with guiding the public, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") and local public health agencies.