Novak Quoted on Essential Employee Protections During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Novak Quoted on Essential Employee Protections During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Chicago Tribune

Labor and Employment Practice Group Deputy Leader Lauren Novak was quoted on safety measures companies have taken to protect essential employees still reporting to work under Shelter-in-Place orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to distributing masks and gloves, major employers are trying to spot potentially sick employees earlier with temperature checks.

Lauren said that companies would not normally be able to demand temperature checks, but the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has said that COVID-19 is a significant enough threat to workers’ safety to allow them.

What’s more unusual, Lauren added, is seeing employees push for these precautions.

“Typically, you don’t find employees requesting measures that might prevent them from coming to work. Here you have employees who want to come to work in a safe environment, so they’re asking for these measures,” she said.

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