COVID-19 and Travel: To Travel or Not to Travel

by Mike Hunter

This question continues to be a major concern. Rebecca Bernhard, partner in law firm Dorsey & Whitney, notes that employees have the right under OSHA to refuse to engage in any work activity that they have a reasonable good faith belief is unsafe, and says, “Given the increase in reported cases [of coronavirus], and the CDC and OSHA guidance, employers need to consider their obligations to all employees to provide a safe workplace with the business needs of travel. If the business can be conducted via video conference instead of in-person, employers should seriously consider cancelling travel to high-risk areas. The CDC is maintaining an updated list and employers should watch this closely.”


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