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Travel Restrictions? Work From Home? We Talk Workers And Employers’ Rights Amidst The Coronavirus




 Members of a flight crew from Cathay Pacific Airways, wearing protective masks, stand in the international terminal after arriving on a flight from Hong Kong at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Members of a flight crew from Cathay Pacific Airways, wearing protective masks, stand in the international terminal after arriving on a flight from Hong Kong at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on February 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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As of March 4, seven cases of COVID-19 were identified in L.A. County, leading to a declaration of a local and public emergency. 

The spread of the novel coronavirus is raising various questions regarding worker and employer rights. If an employee is afraid of exposure, can they demand to work from home? What if their job description doesn’t allow for that? What kind of measures can employers take if one of their employees has just returned from a high-risk region? Can an employer enforce quarantine, and at what point does that cross over into discrimination? 

We tackle those and other questions today with employment attorney and human resources consultant Jane Kow. If you have a question, call us at 866-893-5722. 

Guest:

Jane Kow, employment lawyer and human resources consultant with HR Law Consultants in San Francisco