Friday, November 6, 2020

Coronavirus Update 11-6-2020: Accountability

The NFL has fined the Las Vegas Raiders $500,000 and stripped them of a 2021 draft pick for "brazen and repeated violations" of the league's COVID-19 protocols. The violations include repeated incidents of players and coaches not wearing masks and permitting players to attend a charity event maskless while mingling with the crowd. The fines and penalty came after repeated warnings (and prior fines) by the NFL.

If your business's COVID-19 rules are to have any meaning, you need to be prepared to stand behind them with discipline and even termination if necessary. These are important safety rules that are absolutely necessary to beat back this virus, especially as cases are spiking and we are hitting record numbers on a daily basis.

Your employees must be held accountable for their COVID-19-related misconduct. If they aren't wearing masks (or are wearing them improperly), congregating in groups, not maintaining appropriate physical distance, attending large gatherings, engaging in prohibited travel, coming to work sick, failing to report a positive test, failing to report an exposure to someone else who tested positive, or violating any other COVID-19 health and safety rule you need to be prepared to respond with discipline or termination (depending on the severity or repeat-nature of the violation).

Otherwise, why have these rules at all?

* Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash