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COVID-19 has become an all too familiar topic in the workplace and has become the reason for new attendance policies and policy revisions. Employers have had to navigate how to handle absences, exposure, and quarantine periods while continuing to operate business, either in person or remotely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has continued to publish updated guidelines and recommendations for employers to help keep employees safe during the pandemic.
When receiving a call from an employee who shares that he or she has a positive test result for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, there are several considerations to help employers proceed with “next steps” in their business continuity and communications plan.