In a recent matter, the Fair Work Commission ("") had to consider whether, in circumstances where an employee coughed deliberately in the face of a nurse, dismissal was fair.
COVID-19 safety measures
Unfair dismissal claim
New research – fever is the first symptom
It is interesting to note that new research from the University of South California has found that the symptoms of COVID-19 display in a specific order. The study which covered more than 55,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 concluded that often the first symptom is a fever, followed by a cough and then nausea or vomiting and diarrhoea. The researchers go on to suggest that people with influenza first observe a cough, not fever. This evidence may provide further support for those employers who are making temperature checks mandatory at the workplace.
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