Frequently Asked Questions Related to Employment and COVID-19

Covid 19 has changed the workplace forever. You may have specific questions about how this affects your place of employment. Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions.

What If I Don’t Feel Comfortable Going Back to Work?

Telecommuting is still a popular option. It is estimated that 62 percent of people worked from home during the height of the pandemic. Most people have returned to the office. However, if you do not feel comfortable going back to the office, then you should talk to your employer. Ask them if it is okay for you to keep working from home.

You should explain why you do not feel comfortable working in the office. They may be able to make specific accommodations that can make it safer for you to work from home.

What Can Employers Do to Affect People Who Are More Volunerable?

Employers should have a plan in place that can protect the people who are most vulnerable to Covid 19. For example, they can modify the workplace so that there is more physical distance between the workers. They can also put up plexiglass and require people to wear face coverings.

Can I Be Forced to Go Back to Work If I Don’t Have Child Care?

The First Coronavirus Response Act required some employers to reimburse people for their child care expenses. However, that program has ended. Talk to your employer if you do not have childcare. You may be able to continue to work remotely or adjust your hours.

Can You Be Fired for Not Getting the Covid 19 Vaccine?

Your employer can fire you for not getting the Covid 19 vaccine. This can be considered a violation of the company policy. It is also important to note that you may not be able to get unemployment if you are fired for not getting the vaccine. However, you can ask your employer if they will accept a medical or religious exemption. You should consult with an attorney if your exemption was denied.

What Should I Do If I Feel Sick While I Am At Work?

You should tell your employer if you feel sick. You should also go home and quarantine until you are tested. If your test is positive, then you are required to quarantine for at least 10 days. You should also wait until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours.

Are Employers Allowed to Ask About Your Symptoms?

Employers are allowed to ask you if you have any Covid 19 symptoms. They can also require you to complete a questionnaire and temperature screening prior to working. However, they are not allowed to ask you questions about the symptoms that people in your household are having.

Can An Employer Make Me Travel During the Pandemic?

There are several factors that will affect whether your job can require you to travel. One of those factors is whether you have been vaccinated. The Center for Disease Control has stated that people should not travel if they have been vaccinated. The mode of transportation, your willingness to travel and the place that one is going are other factors that will be considered.

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