the plague

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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employers are sick of the pandemic, and employees are paying the price

Four months into the pandemic in the U.S., employers increasingly are bringing employees back to the office, whether they want to return or not. And they aren’t making those decisions based on any public health milestones; rather, it appears to stem from plain old pandemic fatigue. Employers seem to be embracing the same magical thinking […]

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is my boss taking advantage of the pandemic?

A reader writes: I work for a small company (less than 25 staff). Like many companies, they slashed everyone’s salary by 30% at the beginning of this pandemic and laid off a few people. They’ve said that hopefully get things back to normal as soon as possible, and our pays would return to normal. A […]

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my coworker knowingly exposed me to COVID-19

A reader writes: I found out yesterday that the person who shares a desk cluster with me, who works five feet from me, tested positive for COVID-19. The thing that really pisses me off about it is that “Stacy” was very clearly showing symptoms and lying to everyone about it for the past two weeks, […]

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