HR Tip of the Week

HR Tip of the Week

HR Tip of the Week: Should Employers Implement Testing for COVID-19?

The CDC has issued guidance describing 5 scenarios in which testing employees for COVID-19 might be effective or appropriate. “Testing is most appropriate in areas where there is moderate to substantial community transmission of COVID-19 and at workplaces where employees are in close contact with each other or the public,” the CDC said. It recommends that employers be strategic about testing and have a plan for responding to positive tests. The CDC recommends the following:

  • Testing employees who show symptoms
  • Testing employees who have been exposed to the virus
  • Testing all employees each shift or at regular intervals in areas where there is high transmission and workers are in close contact
  • Testing once-infected employees before they return to work
  • Testing to evaluate protective measures or find transmission hot spots at work

The applicability of these recommendations vary depending on the nature of the employer’s business and operations.  Employers should focus first on symptomatic and exposed employees while building a broader testing strategy as needed.

Source: SHRM



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