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Frequently Asked Questions Pandemic

If an employee is healthy but stays at home because he/she has been in direct contact with an individual infected with a quarantinable communicable disease such as COVID-19, should an agency authorize weather and safety leave?

An agency may authorize weather and safety leave to an employee exposed to COVID19, even if asymptomatic, if a local health authority determines the employee would jeopardize the health of others if allowed to return to work. Employees should refer to CDC guidance on how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure. (See Telework FAQ section, for more information regarding general restrictions on the use of weather and safety leave for telework program participants.)

Last Updated:  3/7/2020

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