How do I accommodate employees who are afraid to return to work?
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there may be reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, “absent due hardship”, to offer protection for employees who have a declared pre-existing medical condition and are therefore at higher risk of getting severe illness from COVID-19.
If a job can only be performed at the workplace, you as an employer may be able to come up with some accommodations that will prevent prolonged exposure for your employees who are considered at higher risk from COVID-19 without causing undue hardship on you as a business owner.
You may be able to move schedules around and make temporary decisions to restructure your staff and their shift assignments. You are also encouraged to put up low-cost, easily obtainable solutions such as using barriers and ensuring minimum distances between your employees and your customers following CDC guidelines.