If an employee comes to work and appears to be symptomatic, can the supervisor require that they leave?

A supervisor cannot require an employee to leave based on their perception of what the employee is experiencing in terms of symptoms. In this instance, the supervisor should remind the employee about OSU’s COVID Safety & Success policy that requires employees who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to refrain from engaging in work activity associated with their OSU employment. Supervisors should also remind employees of leave options available to them. Supervisor support and further situational guidance is available through a Senior Employee and Labor Relations Officer.

Last Modified: 
September 17, 2021