Sickness in the Workplace
With approximately 300,000 new cases per day in the US and almost 2,000 people dying each day, COVID-19 is evolving into an endemic. And, with highly-contagious emerging variants, it is still considered a public health emergency in some areas.
An estimated 16 million employees have long COVID with an estimated 2 to 4 million people leaving the workforce due to long COVID which accounts for 20-40% of the labor shortage.
Additionally, many officials are declaring pediatric RSV a public health emergency given the rising numbers of children becoming sick and being hospitalized due to the infection. Added to that, we are seeing the annual winter impact of influenza with millions of people already infected and hundreds of thousands hospitalized. Employers need to know their legal and practical responsibilities to prepare for employees who become sick or have to care for a family member who becomes ill.