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Supporting Employees with Long COVID




Nearly 7 percent of U.S. adults—approximately 18 million people—have had long COVID-19, while 3.4 percent, or approximately 8.8 million, said they still had it as of 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in findings published Sept. 26.

Long COVID was defined as self-reporting the presence of symptoms for at least three months after having COVID-19 among those who reported a positive test or a doctor's diagnosis of COVID-19.
What Employers Should Know About Workers Who Have Long COVID-19
SHRM | Sep 2023

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ends, but Some Pandemic-Era Accommodations May Continue
SHRM | May 2023

Press release: EEOC Releases Update to Covid-19 Technical Assistance
Updated guidance: What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws
EEOC | May 2023

Long COVID-19 Poses Compliance Risks for Employers
SHRM | Jan 2023

ADA: Reasonable Accommodation/Interactive Process
SHRM Express Request

Additional Federal Government Resources

COVID-19 and Long COVID-19
DOL

Guidance on "Long COVID" as a Disability Under the ADA, Section 504, and Section 1557
HHS

Long COVID and the ADA
Accommodating Employees with COVID or Long COVID
Job Accommodation Network

Law Firm Articles

The EEOC maintains that whether an individual suffering from COVID-19 or “Long COVID” is disabled within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a determination to be made on a case-by-case basis. At the same time, the EEOC has now delineated a list of potential accommodations for individuals suffering from Long COVID. This list includes: “a quiet workspace, use of noise cancelling or white noise devices, and uninterrupted worktime to address brain fog; alternative lighting and reducing glare to address headaches; rest breaks to address joint pain or shortness of breath; a flexible schedule or telework to address fatigue; and removal of ‘marginal functions’ that involve physical exertion to address shortness of breath.”
The COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Has Ended—But Do the Accommodations Continue?
Ogletree | May 2023

Long COVID – What Employers Need to Know
Abrahams | Jan 2023

Long COVID – Just the Facts
Arent Fox | Jun 2022

What Employers Need to Know About Long COVID
Butler Snow | Jun 2022

News Articles

Long COVID is hurting business; workplace accommodations could help
Louisiana Illuminator | Apr 2023

How Employers Can Tackle Uncertainties Around Long Covid In The Workplace
Forbes | Dec 2022

TurboTax's Workplace Has a Long Covid Policy. Does yours?
Time | Apr 2022

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