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Can a supervisor ask employees if they have tested positive for COVID-19?

Last Updated July 23, 2021

Supervisors should not ask employees about a specific illness or condition. Supervisors with employees who experience an extended absence (three or more days) should contact Human Resources to report a potential FMLA-qualifying event. It is appropriate, however, to communicate your concern for an employee’s well-being (i.e., I hope you feel better soon. I am sorry to learn you are not feeling well.). It is also appropriate to ask employees when they expect to return to work (i.e., When do you anticipate returning to work? How long do you expect to be out?)

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 must follow their clinician’s treatment plan and comply with CDC guidance for quarantining and TCU guidance for communicating the expected duration of their absence based on the clinician’s medical advice.