In the article, “Reopening your Alabama office: Employment law experts offer guidance on new order,” the Birmingham Business Journal included insights from Doug Kauffman, partner in the Labor & Employment Practice, on screening employees prior to their reentry to the workplace.
Doug shared in the May 4, 2020, article that many employers are considering different forms of self-screening, which means they are educating employees on the COVID-19 symptoms as provided by the CDC and having employees determine if they should be in the workplace on a daily basis. Doug notes that some employers are considering having more control over the screening process and are choosing to take temperatures, which is permissible during the pandemic according to EEOC guidance.
Doug assists employers manage their most valuable assets —their employees. For more than 20 years, he has counseled large and small employers, helping them stay up to date on the law, regulations, and best practices with respect to employment compliance. When issues arise in the workplace, Doug provides real-time solutions. He also handles complaints or audits by various government agencies, such as the EEOC, the Department of Labor, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and he litigates all employment issues in court. Doug is actively advising business clients as they navigate new challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.