Video: Employer Obligations to Accommodate Employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic - Part 3

Video Transcript:

Hi everyone, I'm Andrew Yacyshyn, employment attorney at Tannenbaum Helpern. We have been addressing certain circumstances that employees may be experiencing in light of the covid-19 pandemic and an employer's obligation to accommodate employees in those circumstances. So what about an employee who lives with an individual who is at higher risk for severe illness due to covid-19? What is an employer's obligation to accommodate that employee? The short answer is there is no duty to accommodate that employee. Generally speaking, an employer's duty to accommodate is limited to the individual employee. Now, while there may not be a duty to provide a reasonable accommodation to the employee because of an individual who is at home who may be at higher risk for severe illness, that employee may be eligible for certain leaves of absence, such as paid sick leave or paid family leave if the family member is sick or has a serious health condition. Thank you.

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10.08.2020  |  PUBLICATION: HRMinute  |  TOPICS: Employment

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