Return to work requirements must be consistent with CDC and VDH guidance
It is problematic that the return to work criteria in both the temporary standard and proposed permanent standard are not consistent with CDC and VDH guidance. Physicians have been following CDC guidance and providing return to work notes to their patients based on CDC/VDH guidance. Employers should not be placed in a position of second guessing and over-riding a physician's note. What is the liability to the employer if they do not allow an employee to return to work who has been released by their physician to do so? Secondly, since CDC/VDH guidance is constantly evolving and they produce clear and helpful communications and posters, the standards should simply refer to the CDC/VDH guidance on when to end isolation.