Can You Lose Your Job If You Are Quarantined During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

March 12, 2020

As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic spreads, more and more people will be forced to skip work.

The government may impose “isolation” on anyone who is actually sick with COVID-19, or “quarantine” anyone who doesn’t show symptoms but has had contact with sick people or traveled to infectious areas (the distinction may prove important for legal employment protections).

But not every worker has the flexibility to miss work. The laws around the issue are pretty murky, so here’s what you need to know about keeping your job during the coronavirus epidemic.

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