Companies consider letting employees with COVID come to work
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – This could be the next step for businesses trying to survive during this latest wave of COVID.
Allow employees who test positive for COVID but show no symptoms to work while they are masked.
It’s a precedent set by Toledo’s two major healthcare systems earlier this week when they released new policies allowing employees to work even if they have tested positive for COVID and adhere to strict safety protocols. .
Employer consultants say this is in response to unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic. Bob Bethel is the vice president of human resources for the Employers’ Association and says, “I’ve never seen anything like it. There has never been a time when virtually every business has been affected in one way or another.
The Employers’ Association is consulting with businesses in the region on how to negotiate the latest wave of COVID that has crippled some. Bethel says, “A lot of them have had to cut their hours or shut down completely for periods of time. “
One option Bethel is considering companies to consider – just like large healthcare organizations – is allowing people to come to work even if they test positive for COVID but have no major symptoms and are masking themselves. “They say we need people here, we’ll take the risk of allowing people to dress up as long as they’re not seriously ill themselves.”
And Bethel says that by law, private companies have the option to do so as long as they carefully assess this risk. “What are the circumstances surrounding this individual? How seriously ill are they. How many interactions are they going to have with other people? Can you isolate them? Can they work from home? “
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