The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way businesses are operating, and workplace safety has become top priority. Unfortunately, due to the sudden, economic disruption, many Americans have been laid off and others have been forced to work from home over the last several months. For the brave workers on the front lines, they continue to potentially expose themselves daily to the virus, which could lead to significant health issues or even death especially for those with underlying medical conditions.
If you contract COVID-19 due to exposure at the workplace, it is imperative that you provide notice to your employer within 120 days of contracting the virus. In certain circumstances, however, individuals may not initially realize that their exposure was work-related because a co-worker or client whom they had close contact with did not immediately disclose that they were infected with the virus. In this situation, the start of the 120-day notice period would not begin until the person knows, or by the exercise of reasonable diligence should know, that the virus was contracted at work.
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