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The Coronavirus and the Workplace

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

Now that there are reported cases of coronavirus in the United States, employers should look for ways to protect their employees and workplace. While the coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause various illnesses, from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the 2019 novel coronavirus, otherwise known as the CoViD-19, is a new strain that had not been previously identified in humans. As a result, employers should strive to educate themselves and their employees about the coronavirus and how it affects the workplace.

However, an employer's role is complicated by various legal issues touching upon safety, employee health, job functions and business travel. An employer should consider certain measures to better prepare and protect its employees and the workplace.