EFFECTIVE TODAY – – Oakland County Emergency Order Requires Health Screening of Employees and Social Distancing Policy

By: Claudia D. Orr, Plunkett Cooney

Yesterday, Oakland County Executive David Coulter announced that the Oakland County Health Division had issued an emergency order that requires the essential businesses in Oakland County to screen all employees for illness and risks related to exposure to the Coronavirus. In addition to screening questions, employers are asked to take each employee’s temperature if a touchless thermometer is available.

Employees who disclose that they have had any of the COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea) or, within the last 14 days, have either had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus or traveled (internationally or domestically) must be excluded from the workplace for:

            (a) 3 days with no fever and 7 days since the first symptom,

            (b) 14 days if they had close contact with someone diagnosed with the virus, and

            (c) 14 days following their travel.

All employers in Oakland County who still have employees coming to the workplace must also develop a plan that manages physical distancing of at least 6 feet with coworkers and for customers who are waiting in lines for service. These plans must limit capacity in facilities that will provide for this social distancing which will include such things as signage, limits on entrance to facility and any specialized hours.

The order must be posted at the entrance to the facility and published to the public. The order takes effect at noon March 25, 2020 and runs through April 13, 2020.

Employers in other counties should expect that similar orders will be issued by their county health departments in the near future.

Oakland County employers need to develop a questionnaire documenting their screening efforts and a policy that complies with the above directive. If you need assistance, contact an experienced employment attorney, such as the author.

This article was written by Claudia D. Orr, who is Secretary of the Board of Detroit SHRM, a member of the Legal Affairs Committee, and an experienced labor/employment attorney at the Detroit office of Plunkett Cooney (a full service law firm and resource partner of Detroit SHRM) and an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. She can be reached at corr@plunkettcooney.com or at (313) 983-4863. For further information go to: http://www.plunkettcooney.com/people-105.html.  

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