Some businesses ordering quarantined employees back to work, officials say

WWNY Some businesses ordering quarantined employees back to work, officials say

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Jefferson County officials are saying they’ve heard of a few local businesses telling quarantined employees to come back to work.

It’s unclear who those businesses are, but Jefferson County Board of Legislators Chairman Scott Gray says this is strictly against the rules.

“We have to be very clear - an employer cannot mandate an employee coming back to work if they’re on quarantine. An employee does not have to return to work if they’re on quarantine orders,” he said. “Get the name of the person that’s under quarantine and we’ll get the name of the business that is mandating them. And we’ll make sure that that employee is, in fact, quarantining and we’ll make sure that employer knows that they cannot mandate an employee back to work.”

Gray said that if employees are quarantining, only public health can approve them to go back to work.

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