What to Do If Employees Refuse to Wear a Mask

“I want to come back to work, but I won’t wear a mask.” Some of you may have heard this from your employees. Your gut reaction may be, “Well, then, you’re fired,” but you can’t do that immediately. If an employee makes such a statement, you first need to ask why. Here’s what you need to know.

You may have seen memes or tweets about asking why violating HIPAA or the 4th amendment.

None of this is true. HIPAA relates only to health care providers and insurance companies–and most companies are not subject to it. The 4th amendment is related to unreasonable searches and seizures. I’m not quite sure what the logic is here, but you may have heard it. What does apply is the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

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