Discussing Symptoms With Sick Food Service Employees


This special report examines two federal laws, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and considers the role each law plays in discussions about employees’ symptoms or illnesses. It is possible that existing state laws might restrict restaurant manager actions on this issue. Industry food safety professionals, however, specifically mentioned federal laws, so this special report will focus on federal regulations.

Speaker / Author: 
Julia Charles, JD, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Taylor Radke, MPH, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Month Year: 
December 2017
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December 2017
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