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What should a hospital do if a patient refuses treatment from a nurse of West African descent due to the patient's fear of Ebola?
By Mark Peters, Chen Ni | Posted On: 2014‑11‑05
Recent reports of patients in long-term care facilities refusing treatment by nurses who are, or appear to be, of African descent based upon those patients' "fear" of Ebola have placed this issue back in the spotlight in recent weeks.
Waller | category: Labor & Employment
UPDATE - Can we discipline employees who falsely claim or suggest that they have been exposed to Ebola?
By Waverly Crenshaw | Posted On: 2014‑10‑23
Update to the FAQs on Employee Discipline post
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UPDATE - Handling Employees Who Voluntarily Travel to West Africa
By Mark Peters | Posted On: 2014‑10‑21
Update to the Americans with Disabilities Act post
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The Role of Healthcare Employers during the Ebola Crisis
By Mark Peters | Posted On: 2014‑10‑21
...the reality is that healthcare employees are currently the most likely to be exposed to the disease in the United States.
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FAQs on Occupational Safety and Health Administration
By Brian Pierce | Posted On: 2014‑10‑20
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Americans with Disabilities Act
By Chen Ni | Posted On: 2014‑10‑20
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employment discrimination against individuals with disabilities, and employers could be exposed to claims of disability discrimination if they require employees to take leave because of a perceived risk of having contracted Ebola, i.e., limited contact with infected individuals, or travel to West Africa.
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Family and Medical Leave Act
By Mark Peters, Chen Ni | Posted On: 2014‑10‑20
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave "to care for the employee's spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition."
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FAQs on Employee Discipline
By Waverly Crenshaw | Posted On: 2014‑10‑20
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FAQs on Discrimination and Harassment
By Jeb Gerth | Posted On: 2014‑10‑20
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Workers' Compensation for those Who Contracted Ebola
By Mark Peters, Chen Ni | Posted On: 2014‑10‑20
...non-healthcare employees who are infected by a co-worker may have a more difficult time establishing eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits even though the illness occurred at the workplace and during work hours because Ebola is not “peculiar” to the non-healthcare occupation.
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How to Work with and Respond to Unions
By Jeb Gerth | Posted On: 2014‑10‑20
Unions -- in particular the National Nurses United in the wake of recent events at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas -- have been vocal about the importance of protecting workers from exposure to Ebola.
Waller | category: Labor & Employment
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Waller has launched this comprehensive online resource to help companies navigate the diverse issues pertaining to the arrival of the Ebola virus in the United States. Through this site, we will serve as a go-to source of information for executives and board members who are asking what Ebola means for their organizations. Preparation in this situation means everything. We will update this site with new content and information as Ebola’s impact continues to be analyzed and studied. The Ebola Legal Resource contains information for healthcare organizations as well as for employers outside the healthcare industry. To filter the website for your specific interests, please click on the link above to switch between content for healthcare providers and non-healthcare employers.
Links To Relevant Agencies

American Academy of Pediatrics
An organization of 62,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Ebola Outbreak [American Academy of Pediatrics]
Ebola Preparedness Resources
American Hospital Association (AHA) advisory page
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information and training for the health care community to ensure that all health care workers (including hospital workers, physician groups, and emergency medical technicians) are able to detect and respond to the Ebola virus, as well as protect themselves and others from it.
Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness [CDC]
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Federal Aviation Administration
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Employer Steps to Protect Workers [IDSA]
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
World Health Organization (WHO)
CMS Survey & Certification Letter