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Employee Travel Amid the Pandemic


​Employer attempts to restrict where employees go on vacation to prevent their exposure to COVID-19 are limited by laws and employee-relations considerations. However, pre-travel inquiries and advisories are allowed, so long as they are applied neutrally and uniformly.

"Employers across the country are grappling with the question of whether to change their vacation policies in light of the coronavirus pandemic and, if so, how to do it," said Anthony Mingione, an attorney with Blank Rome in New York City.

In general, employers may reject requests for vacations to hot spots due to the need to quarantine afterwards, according to Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper, an attorney with Epstein Becker Green in New York City.

"Employers have wide latitude in approving or not approving time off, and that does not change during COVID-19," said Michael Elkins, an attorney with MLE Law in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

But "it is very difficult to effectively monitor where employees go when they are not working, and even more difficult to try and control it," Mingione said.

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Vacation Travel Policies May Need to Be Altered Due to Pandemic
SHRM | Aug 2020

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Additional resources are organized under the following headings:

Personal Travel
Business Travel
Example Policies
Related Resources

Personal Travel

Vacation Hot Spots: Managing Employee Travel During a Pandemic
Jackson Lewis | Aug 2020

Can Employers Restrict Employees' Personal Travel Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic?
Fox Rothschild | Jul 2020

How Much Can Employers Control Employees' Summer Travel During COVID-19? A lot.
Krieg DeVault | Jun 2020

Employee Personal Travel During COVID-19
Burns White | Jun 2020

Business Travel

Business Travel Picking Up, but Compliance Is Tricky
SHRM | Aug 2020

State Quarantine Mandates Complicate Business Travel
SHRM | Jul 2020

Navigating the New Normal in International Business Travel
SHRM | Jul 2020

Business Travel in the Age of COVID-19: Underlying Law, Practical Considerations, and Best Practices
Seyfarth | Jul 2020

7 Tips for Creating a COVID-19 Essential Business Travel Policy
Farella | Jun 2020

Best Practices for Critical Workers Traveling to and from "Hot Spot" States
Thompson Hine | Jul 2020

Example Policies

COVID-19 Temporary Employee Travel Policy
Hood College

Travel Restrictions, Requirements and Considerations

Travel Guidelines
University of Rochester

Travel FAQs
The University of New Mexico

Related Resources

U.S. State Travel Restrictions
Lockheed Martin | On-going Updates

Considerations for Travelers—Coronavirus in the US
CDC | Jun 2020

When and How to Pay Quarantined Workers
SHRM | Jul 2020

Memo: Temporary Suspension of Nonessential Business Travel
SHRM | Jul 2020

U.S. Travelers Subject to Continued EU Restrictions on Non-Essential Travel
Littler | Jul 2020

Index of COVID-19 Express Requests

Reopening Your Workplace
Reopening Your Workplace: Overviews
Masks/Face Coverings in the Workplace
Tips for Wearing a Mask in Summer
Recalling/Rehiring Employees
When Employees Refuse to Return to Work
Addressing Fears About Returning to the Workplace

Testing | Screening | Diagnosis | Vaccine
Testing Employees for COVID-19
Taking Employee Temperatures
Antibody Testing (or Not)
Responding to Employee's COVID-19 Diagnosis
Contact-Tracing in the Workplace
Mandating COVID-19 Vaccine

Employee Relations
Preventing COVID-19 Related Workplace Violence
Employee Travel Amid the Pandemic
Updating an Employee Handbook for COVID-19
Shadow Pandemic: Rise in Domestic Violence
COVID-19 Liability Waiver Considerations
Encouraging Employees to Take Time Off
Vacation Policy Changes Amid Pandemic
Heat Illness Prevention Amid COVID-19
Accommodating Workers at Higher Risk for Severe Illness
COVID-19 Myth Busters
EEOC Updates Coronavirus-Related Guidance
Communicating with Employees

Remote Workers
Remote Workers' Expense Reimbursement
Allowing Telework
Engaging Remote Workers
Remote Work & State Tax Issues
Monitoring Remote Workers
Combatting Zoom Fatigue

Talent Acquisition
Form I-9 Flexibility Due to EAD Production Delays
Virtual Onboarding
Preemployment Background Checks During COVID-19
Completing Form I-9 for Remote Workers
Documenting an Expired Driver's License on I-9 and E-Verify
Executive Order Restricts Employment-Based Immigration

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
FFCRA: School Reopening (or Not) Plans
General (Overviews, DOL Resources, More)
IRS FAQs on Tax Credits & Required Documentation
Decision Flow Charts
Valuing Health Plan Costs for Tax Credits

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Overviews of Implications for Employers
Employee Retention Tax Credit
Business & Nonprofit Relief
Employee Benefit Plan Provisions
Paycheck Protection Program (Loan Forgiveness)
Unemployment Expansion & Extension
Potential Relief for Government Contractors
Valuing Health Plan Costs for Tax Credits

Compensation and Benefits
Lost Wages Assistance (Unemployment Benefits)
DOL on Tracking Teleworkers' Hours
Workers' Payroll Tax Deferral
Virtual Benefit Fairs
Health Carrier COVID-19 Premium Credits
COBRA Deadlines Temporarily Extended
Various Benefit Plan Deadline Extensions
Survey Reports: Pay Adjustments Amid COVID-19
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Paid Leave; Enhanced FMLA; More)
Reducing Employer's Retirement Plan Contribution/Match
U.S. Wage and Hour Issues
Making Tax-Favored Disaster Relief Payments to Employees
Leave Donation Programs
IRS Relaxes HDHP Rules

Layoffs and Alternatives to Layoffs
Pay Reductions
Shared-Work/Work Share Programs
Layoff Alternatives
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
California EDD Work Sharing Program
Please also see under CARES Act (above):
Employee Retention Credit
Paycheck Protection Program

Essential Businesses and Workers
Essential Business Designation
Essential Workers: Identifying

Employer Resource Centers (U.S. and Global)
Preparedness Plan
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