A key component to businesses reopening in Illinois is daily or more frequent health screens for employees. Of course, it is important to maintain a safe and healthy environment. As part of Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) developed as a “best practice” the following questions to ask employees at least daily:
- Have you felt feverish?
- Do you have a cough?
- Do you have a sore throat?
- Have you been experiencing difficulty breathing or shortness of breath?
- Do you have muscle aches?
- Have you had a new or unusual headache (e.g., not related to caffeine, diet, or hunger, not related to a history of migraines, clusters, or tension, not typical to the individual)?
- Have you noticed a new loss of taste or loss of smell?
- Have you been experiencing chills or rigors¹?
- Do you have any gastrointestinal concerns (e.g., abdominal, pain, vomiting, diarrhea)?
- Is anyone in your household displaying any symptoms of COVID-19?
- To the best of your knowledge, have you or anyone in your household come into close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
Requirements like health or wellness screenings are just one of the new protocols for the workplace. Policies or protocols for employees who are returning after furlough or teleworking, or have remained in the workplace, are important to set the standards for how people work during the pandemic.
The labor and employment attorneys at Ancel Glink can help you prepare a COVID-19 Workplace Policy that fits your particular workplace. For assistance, contact Margaret Kostopulos at firstname.lastname@example.org; Bob McCabe at email@example.com; Matt DiCianni at firstname.lastname@example.org; or the Ancel Glink attorney with whom you regularly work.