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To Temperature Check or Not?

As businesses begin the process of reopening, many employers are faced with the decision of what steps to implement to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace, including whether to implement self-health assessments or worksite employee temperature checks. While mandatory employee temperature check requirements vary from county to county, as does the evolving nature of government guidance, it is important for employers to understand and stay up to date with employee temperature check requirements.

If an employer decides to implement employee temperature checks as an effort to limit Covid-19 in the workplace, employers need to be sure that these temperature checks are done properly and in a legally compliant manner.

Employers who conduct employee temperature checks must establish proper written temperature check policies that outline the temperature/health screening process an employer is implementing, the purpose of this screening, and address the potential consequences if an employee registers a temperature or has any Covid-19 related symptoms. It is critical that employers keep in mind the potential privacy implications that arise by conducting temperature checks at the workplace and understand how to respond to any exposure or reported case of Covid-19 in the workplace. There are a lot of considerations for employers to take into account when conducting temperature checks at work to avoid the legal pitfalls that might end you up in a lawsuit. For questions about employee temperature checks at the workplace and how to have a legally compliant temperature check protocol for your business, please contact the Employer Lawyers at Chauvel & Glatt.

The material in this article, provided by Chauvel & Glatt, is designed to provide informative and current information as of the date of the post. It should not be considered, nor is it intended to constitute, legal advice or promise similar outcomes.  For information on your particular circumstances, please contact Chauvel & Glatt at 650-573-9500.


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