Wednesday August 25, 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions for Health Care Employers

Prepared by Littler’s Healthcare Industry Practice Group

The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe remains a significant concern in the workplace. Health care employers, especially those operating in a hospital setting, are confronting difficult questions regarding how to handle labor/ management relations, leave and accommodation, safety and health, and other employment issues. Littler Mendelson prepared Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and accompanying sample forms and policies, designed to help address some of the more common questions that healthcare employers currently face. This information was last updated on March 27, 2020, and is intended to provide a highly summarized, quick-referenced list of considerations for healthcare-sector employers – THIS IS NOT INTENDED AS, AND IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCED LEGAL ADVICE.

Developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic are complex and are rapidly evolving due to federal, state and local measures and, as such, the information provided is subject to change. Healthcare employers are also encouraged to consult relevant FAQs put forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Please keep in mind that different or additional facts can impact how the situation should be handled. We recommend that you continue to keep abreast of developments and consult with legal counsel for information specific to your business needs.

FAQ document includes:

  • The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Paid Sick Leave and Other Issues
  • Wage and Hour Issues
  • Privacy
  • Labor/Management Relations

Call for Questions

In our efforts to keep you informed and provide you with the resources you need in this challenging time, we are collaborating with an international employment and labor law firm to have them weigh in on some of your questions. Submit questions you would like addressed via this discussion thread on ASHHRA Exchange.