Q: Should our company set up on-site testing for COVID-19? How can we do this?
A: Employers can test employees for COVID-19 at work, and they can require a negative test as a precondition for an employee’s return to work, Gus Sandstrom, partner at Blank Rome, told HR Dive in an interview. Notably, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has said that employers can test employees before permitting them to enter the workplace.
But whether every employer should test, and what that testing might look like in practice, is a much more complicated question. “Practically, there are a number of things that need to be thought through,” Sandstrom said. “I’m not sure if this outweighs the positive benefits of testing.”
Consider the realities of on-site testing …
Testing alone won’t form an effective reopening plan, and the realities of testing may outweigh the benefits, attorneys told HR Dive. In HR Dive’s Mailbag series, we answer HR professionals’ questions about all things work.