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our office nurse thinks Covid is a hoax

A reader writes: I work in an education-related nonprofit. There are plenty of dysfunctional things that happen at our place of business, but I cannot figure out how to approach this. We have a nurse who comes in once a week to maintain immunization records and make sure we have good processes for medication administration […]

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my boss’s kids are incredibly distracting on video calls

A reader writes: My job went to 100% remote so I’ve been reporting to my manager virtually for the past few months. She has three kids, all under five years old. Sometimes all of them are home and sometimes it’s just one. At first, the kids popping up were cute in our video calls. Now […]

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how is your company supporting employees with kids right now?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: In this time of Covid and virtual school, what are your readers’ companies doing, if anything, to help with childcare issues? I work in HR at a manufacturing facility and our production workers are essential. We are trying to come up with creative ways to […]

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am I in the wrong about my employee’s COVID exposure?

A reader writes: My husband and I own a micro-business and have 1.5 post-Covid employees. Our full-time employee reported a possible exposure last week. He is considered essential so we reinforced precautions based on CDC recommendations for those who have unconfirmed exposure. The person he was exposed to was his girlfriend. The next day after […]

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people who claim they can’t wear masks, coworker’s Disney vacation, and other questions about COVID-19 and work

My mailbox is overflowing with COVID-19 questions, so let’s tackle a bunch of them at once. 1. Patients who claim they can’t wear masks to their appointments I’ve seen a post circulating through social media stating that businesses cannot require customers to wear masks under the ADA. It says that if asked to wear a […]

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my employee lied about having COVID

A reader writes: I work for a mid-sized organization that serves children of all ages, most of whom have special needs. Recently one of our (now former) employees admitted that they had lied about receiving a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 (presumably to get paid leave through the new paid leave law, though we never ended […]

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my employee thinks coronavirus is a hoax

A reader writes: One of my employees has been vocal about the coronavirus being a hoax. I had to have a talk with him during our last few days in the office at the end of March because he was openly criticizing and mocking coworkers for “being afraid of the flu” and practicing social distancing. […]

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