Coronavirus in the Workplace: Epstein Becker Green News Roundup

Many employers are now grappling with how to deal with the various implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Epstein Becker Green has been tracking the issue for some time, and we have a number of attorneys collaborating with clients on these issues. 

Please see below for recent news items and visit our Coronavirus in the Workplace resource center for ongoing updates.

Epstein Becker Green Coronavirus News and Updates

March 1, 2020 – In the News

The New York Times

February 28, 2020 – Client Advisories

Act Now Advisory
Susan Gross Sholinsky; Frank C. Morris, Jr.; Steven M. Swirsky; Dean L. Silverberg; Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper; Maxine Adams

Since releasing our Advisory on January 30, 2020, there have been significant developments in connection with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19” or “Coronavirus”). For example, on February 25, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) warned Americans that the Coronavirus was likely to hit the United States and that they should begin making preparations.

Below, we provide some updates since our January 30th Advisory, as well as best practices in responding to these issues. ...

February 26, 2020 – Video

Employment Law This Week® - Episode 152

Coronavirus Guidance Is Released for Employers (Video)

Last week, government agencies released several different coronavirus guidance documents for employers:

Here’s more on preparing your infectious disease plans now.

Video: YouTube, Vimeo, MP4.

February 24, 2020 – In the News


February 19, 2020 – Video

Employment Law This Week® - Episode 151

CDC Issues 2019 Novel Coronavirus Guidance for Employers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidance that provides clarity on how employers should respond to the coronavirus outbreak. For additional information on best practices for balancing employee interests, click here.

February 12, 2020 – Video

Employment Law This Week®

Coronavirus Outbreak: A Balancing Act for Employers (Video)

Death tolls from the coronavirus outbreak continue to rise. International employers, especially, are wondering what to do now. Susan Gross Sholinsky discusses the best practices for balancing employee interests. Read more.

Mandatory Vaccination Requirements

Health care employers must prioritize patient safety when facing threats from viruses in their workplace. Now is the time to review your mandatory vaccination policies. Remember to allow for reasonable accommodations and engage in an interactive process.

February 11, 2020 – Client Alerts
Jang Hyuk Im, Patrick G. Brady, Jungmin Choi, Arit Butani

The Coronavirus and Its Impact on Those Traveling from China

On January 31, 2020, in response to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, the Trump administration, through Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, announced a temporary ban on foreign nationals entering the United States if they had visited China during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. The ban began on February 2, 2020, at 5 p.m. (EST). ...

February 10, 2020 – In the News

Human Resource Executive

February 5, 2020 – Video

Employment Law This Week® - Episode 149

Coronavirus Outbreak and the Workplace

The coronavirus outbreak is spreading across the globe. Last week, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency, and employers are preparing for the potential threat.

Video: YouTube, Vimeo, MP4.

January 30, 2020 – Client Advisories

Act Now Advisory
William J. Milani, Susan Gross Sholinsky, Frank C. Morris, Jr., Steven M. Swirsky, Dean L. Silverberg, Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper, Maxine Adams

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, we have addressed the legal framework pertaining to Coronavirus risks in the workplace. The information from public health officials is changing quickly as the disease spreads, so employers should continue—as we are—to monitor guidance provided by agencies charged with guiding the public, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health agencies.

In connection with this Advisory, we have prepared a “2019 Novel Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions for Employers” document, which addresses an employer’s obligations and permissible actions. ...