If you or someone you live with display symptoms consistent with COVID-19, even without a fever or dry cough, we ask that you contact your physician, as well as alert the Beacon Hill HR team so that we can best support any needs you may have. Please stay at home and refrain from entering a client site or Beacon Hill facility until your physician has cleared you to return to the workspace. Your privacy and confidentiality will be maintained.
Please contact your Recruiter/Staffing consultant. If your assignment is one that can be performed remotely, we will work with you and the client company to enable your assignment to continue remotely. If your assignment is not one that can be performed remotely, we will keep you abreast of the situation with the client, the assignment, and your options. Your privacy and confidentiality will be maintained.
We are asking all employees, even if they are not exhibiting symptoms, to self-quarantine and refrain from entering a client site or Beacon Hill facility until further notice. Our teams are fully-functioning but working remotely. Our payroll, benefits, and employment obligations to our employees, contractors, and consultants are uninterrupted as we leverage our Business Continuity Plan (BCP). Your health and safety remains our top priority.
During this time, Beacon Hill may ask questions such as if you have exhibited any symptoms, whether you or someone you live with has tested positive for COVID-19, or if you have traveled to high-risk areas. This does not preclude an individual from being hired if a remote work arrangement is possible, nor does it prohibit an individual from being placed on an assignment in the future. However, in the interest of public health, temporarily denying access to a Beacon Hill facility or client site may be necessary. Please note that, if asked, this information will be kept confidential, and is only requested in the context of the current public health emergency. These are not questions that you would be asked under normal circumstances.
Additionally, Beacon Hill and/or a client company may choose to refuse to place anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. However, Beacon Hill and/or a client may not refuse to place someone if they have recovered from COVID-19 – if they no longer pose a health risk, it is unlawful to deny employment solely on the basis that they were sick at one time.
No. We may require a physician’s approval to return to work, and/or a quarantining period to ensure that, if you are sick, you do not infect others. However, your assignment will not be terminated because of a refusal to get tested.
Beacon Hill is following the CDC’s guidelines on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and will defer to those guidelines if obtaining a physician’s note is unrealistic. Each case is unique and will be dealt with on an individual basis, based on your circumstances.
Beacon Hill will notify coworkers who may have come into close contact with an infected colleague, but will not disclose the identity of the individual, unless given their consent to do so.
This is an evolving topic. Due to the passage of the Families First Act (FFA), the guidance on this is not yet clear. The FFA and similar legislation that has been recently passed provides protections for absences necessitated by public health emergencies, but this will need to be interpreted on a case-by-case basis. Beacon Hill is closely examining the guidance on this recent legislation. For up-to-date information, please contact your Recruiter/Staffing Consultant.
Your health and safety is our priority. Beacon Hill is working with our client companies to ensure that all practical precautions are being taken to limit the spread of COVID-19. In addition to all of the steps list under #3 “What is Beacon Hill doing to contain the spread of the virus?”, Beacon Hill can also request clients to provide their protocols for containment and mitigation. When remote work arrangements are not possible, Beacon Hill may refuse to place any candidate on an assignment where there is a demonstrated risk of infection. If you are concerned that you are being placed in a situation with a high risk of infection, please contact your Recruiter/Staffing consultant, with whom you can review the situation and determine if an accommodation is appropriate.
If you have been placed on an assignment but cannot report due to contracting COVID-19, and you can show that you contracted the virus as a result of exposure during the course of employment, you may be able to receive worker’s compensation.
If you decide not to report to an assignment based on concerns over COVID-19, you may be able to receive unemployment insurance benefits. However, this is based on state legislation and can only be determined on a case-by-case basis.
If you are sick or you are caring for a family member who is sick, you may be eligible for leave under the Family & Medical Leave Act. If eligible, under these provisions, you would also be entitled to job reinstatement upon returning.
As additional legislation is passed, you may also be eligible for additional paid leave.
If you believe any of these situations may be applicable to you, please contact our HR team.
For up-to-date information about the novel coronavirus, we recommend visiting the following sites: