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NWRA Issues Guidance on Screening Employee Temperatures During COVID-19

NWRA Issues Guidance on Screening Employee Temperatures During COVID-19

Employers can take temperatures as a means of limiting potentially infected employees' contact with others.

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) issued guidance for its members related to screening employee temperatures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated guidance from 2009 that the current COVID-19 health crisis is within the “direct threat” exeception to restrictions on employer medical inquiries and testing.

“Until businesses have access to COVID-19 testing, asymptomatic employees may unknowingly spread the disease to co-workers and the public. The EEOC has stated that employers may take employee temperatures to test for fevers before they enter the workplace, as a means of limiting potentially infected employees’ contact with others,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith in a statement.

This guidance is not intended to provide legal advice. Qualified legal advice should be sought for how the law applies in any particular situation.

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