The risks and liabilities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have led a number of employers to consider how to approach the 2020 holiday season. In many cases, updating policies or work rules, or requiring additional information before allowing an employee to return to work, may be advisable.
However, compliance requirements, governmental advisories and employee relations concerns should be taken into consideration before an employer takes a strong stance against an employee traveling, attending gatherings or hosting personal events. An employer should consider its business goals, risk tolerance and existing policies and procedures when navigating the 2020 holidays.
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