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Can we require sick employees to stay home?

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Question: “Last winter we went through a six-week stretch when it seemed like everyone in the office was just passing around the same cold and flu bugs. I think I had the same cold three times! Is it OK to have a policy that says if you’re sick you must stay home? Does anyone have experience enforcing such a “quarantine” order?” — NT, Rhode Island


If people are contagious, they should stay home. The prior city I worked for would send people home if they were contagious. For example, one girl came to work with pink eye; yes, she felt fine, and it didn't influence her work. But it was a police communications center, and employees rotated through the work stations. You can't risk infecting the rest of your staff when they all touch the same keyboards. She was sent home; she was angry about it, and wanted to use vacation or comp time rather than sick, since she was ...(register to read more)

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