As employment law attorneys, our email and social media is flooded with information from fellow employment lawyers about how employers should handle the coronavirus pandemic. Today’s Long Island employment law blog discusses some issues relating to how employees might handle the crisis. Please note, this blog is informational only and should not be relied upon as legal advice, and certainly not medical advice. The information below should be considered “food for thought.” If you have specific questions about your employment situation, we encourage you to call our lawyers, who remain available by phone throughout the crisis.
1. Listen to advice from government and medical authorities
First and foremost, pay attention to guidance given by officials from the government and from medical authorities. Leading medical authorities include the CDC and WHO, but local health departments are also issuing guidance. Best practices almost universally include washing hands, avoiding close contact with others, and proper hygiene including coughing and sneezing best practices. If you must report to work, continue to follow these instructions.