The recent spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States has caused employers to be increasingly concerned and uncertain regarding the future of their workforces. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the latest developments on the virus and guidance from federal agencies.
Note that the virus to which individuals are exposed is SARS-CoV-2. The disease it causes is COVID-19. For readability, these FAQs use the term “COVID-19.” Where appropriate, readers should read COVID-19 as the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
|This general guidance is based on U.S. federal employment law and the current medical assessment of COVID-19. State and local laws may apply, and medical assessments may change, resulting in different conclusions.|
- Compensation and Tax Issues (Updated March 20, 2020)
- Confidentiality (Updated March 16, 2020)
- Employees with Symptoms or Exposure (Updated March 15, 2020)
- Health coverage (Updated March 22, 2020)
- NLRA (Updated March 20, 2020)
- Reduction in Force/WARN (Updated March 16, 2020)
- Retirement Plan Issues (Updated March 20, 2020)
- Short-term disability coverage (Updated March 20, 2020)
- Vacation, Paid Time Off, and Paid Sick Leave (Updated March 20, 2020)
- Wage and Hour (Updated March 11, 2020)
- Workers’ Compensation
- Workplace Safety