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that might be more strin- gent than your state's reopening guidelines. • Leave requests. Healthcare facilities are exempt from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which allows employers to provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave for workers affected by the pandemic. You must there- fore use your own discretion to provide paid leave for employees who are sick with the coronavirus and are under a state quarantine order, who have kids home from school that need to be watched, or who must take care of a loved one who has COVID-19. I strongly believe these situations are going to be ripe for lawsuits. Document your rea- sons for granting, or not granting, leave to employees who request it. Make sure to pay employees who are granted leave every dollar to which they're entitled. The last thing you want to deal with is a wage- and-hour violation — when you're trying to do the right thing by your employees — because you've miscalculated the amount of paid leave they should receive. If you have immunocompromised employees, try to find accommo- dations for them to temporarily work at home to avoid Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits. • Discriminatory allegations. When determining whether to allow someone to take paid time off, it's critical to apply the same standards for approving or denying leave requests fairly for all employees. You'll expose your facility to potential age or race discrimination lawsuits if J U N E 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 2 9 HELP YOURSELF Document the steps you take to give staff every opportu- nity to practice proper hand hygiene.

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