Are we required to notify our employees if we learn an employee tested positive for COVID-19?

If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, employers should immediately contact their county health officials and the California Department of Public Health. These agencies will direct employers on what steps they need to take.

Employers should be mindful of employees’ privacy, and not divulge names. Employers can alert employees with a general statement that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19, and other employees may have been exposed.

Read more California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recommendations in DFEH Issues Employment Information on COVID-19 on the HRWatchdog blog.

Visit the CalChamber Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage for more COVID-19-related federal, state and local resources, including CalChamber coverage.