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March 13, 2020In the News

Pelikan quoted in "Employers scramble for answers on COVID-19 workplace issues"

Milwaukee Business Journal

The rapid escalation of the COVID-19 crisis has led many southeast Wisconsin employers to scramble for answers on how best to respond in terms of employee travel restrictions, visitors to their facilities, whether to require employees self-quarantine and remote work arrangements.

The main concern for employers is an employee who already traveled to a high-risk zone for pleasure or business and was potentially exposed to COVID-19, Eisenmann said. If an employee has been exposed, and an employer can require the employee to self-quarantine for 14 days, he said.

Employers are not violating discrimination laws by asking an employee their travel destination, said Kirk Pelikan, a labor and employment relations attorney at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in Milwaukee.

Most employers are offering quarantined employees paid leave, Pelikan said.

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