Am I allowed to take employee temperatures at work? The short answer is yes…for now. The EEOC has always maintained in guidance that employers could only take an employee’s temperature if doing so was “job-related and consistent with business necessity.” But now that we are in a pandemic, it is not a surprise that “business necessity” has taken us into a new reality. Although taking an employee’s temperature may be legally permissible under federal law, there may also be certain state guidelines, so make sure you do your research.
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Chuck Simikian, SHRM-SCP. Chuck is the Principal and Lead Consultant at Alliance HR Partners, LLC and a Certified Seminar Facilitator and Speaker for Pryor Learning Solutions. He is a seasoned HR professional with over 25 years of corporate HR experience spanning all aspects of Human Resources including recruitment, training, employee relations, benefits administration, payroll, and HR compliance. Chuck’s philosophy is to approach Human Resources from a “Risk Management” point of view, by being keenly focused on minimizing a company’s legal exposure to government entities such as the EEOC, DOL, and OSHA. With the belief that the Number 1 job of HR is to protect a company, Chuck brings more than his HR Management skills, experience, and strategy into every project that he tackles. His blend of a hands-on, collaborative, flexible, energetic, and entrepreneurial team approach is refreshing and effective as he can connect with audiences across all levels of an organization.
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