July 26, 2022
Source: Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is clear — for so many people, its impact will be felt for a long time. This includes those who had the virus and are now experiencing lingering symptoms — a condition commonly called Long COVID.
While symptoms of Long COVID vary from person to person, they can be severe enough to affect an individual’s ability to work. But, by learning more about the condition and accommodations for common symptoms of Long COVID, America’s employers can play an important role in supporting these workers during their recovery, and our nation’s recovery.
A new resource — Supporting Employees with Long COVID: A Guide for Employers [PDF] — can help. In addition to addressing the basics about Long COVID, including its intersection with mental health, this new guide outlines temporary and long-term workplace supports that can help businesses of all sizes support and retain employees with Long COVID, and potential legal obligations on the part of employers to provide them. It also provides answers to frequently asked questions about Long COVID and employment, including related to telework and leave.
“Supporting Employees with Long COVID: A Guide for Employers” was developed jointly by ODEP’s Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) and Job Accommodation Network (JAN) and is a key resource for employers seeking to build a strong, equitable and inclusive workforce in the months and years ahead.
News source: dol.gov/agencies/odep/publications/business-sense