Dove A. E. Burns Quoted in “As Ebola Threat Fades, Risks Remain,” The Wall Street Journal November 11, 2014

While the worst of the Ebola crisis seems to have subsided here in the United States, risk issues remain for employers and companies doing business in Africa or dealing with employees who may have had some exposure to the virus.

“The biggest question I get is can you ask an employee to go home or to self-quarantine? The answer is probably not,” said Dove A. E. Burns, a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Employment and Labor Practice Group, in the Risk and Compliance Journal of The Wall Street Journal. Dove explained that even talk of forcing workers to have their temperature taken may be fraught with legal peril.

Dove suggested that employers need to develop an emergency preparedness plan and that it would be wise to have a team with staff expertise in equal employment law and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“The most important thing is to put a plan in place so chaos doesn’t envelop the workplace.”

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