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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.

What Employers Can Do:

  • Several states still have COVID-19-related pay, disability pay, and/or protections for time off due to covered purposes, some of which have been extended to cover RSV and the flu.

  • Review the possibilities of remote work options and prepare for coverage if someone needs to miss time out of the workplace. 

  • Offer cleaning and sanitizing products and create more open spaces to reduce exposure in the workplace.

  • Support and encourage employees and their families to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu, both of which have been shown to reduce the number of cases and severity of illness.  

Help When You Need It!
Affinity HR Group can help you develop sick leave policies and navigate the protections for time off in your state. Connect with us at or 877-660-6400 to learn more.

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