10 things employers should know about coronavirus in the workplace

Posted at 3:27 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 17:27:42-05

Preparing for the coronavirus in the workplace is more than just washing your hands and disinfecting your keyboards and phones.

"Beyond the general rules for handwashing, cleaning work areas and the like, no one set of precautions will apply to all employers," said John Balitis, chairman of the Labor and Employment Department at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon PLC law firm in Phoenix.

Many employers appear to be taking a conscientious, scaled approach to addressing coronavirus in the workplace, Balitis said.

"They are developing or modifying policies and practices in a daily or weekly basis as more information becomes available about the virus and, at least so far, as the situation becomes more severe and widespread," he said.

Employers across Arizona and the nation are canceling events and conferences in the wake of the outbreak. But each workplace needs a tailored approach in policies and protocols for its own situation, Balitis said.

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