California, New York, Illinois, Ohio and Louisiana have executed orders that close nonessential businesses and allow essential businesses to continue. States are working from federal guidelines that give the authority to make such decisions. LPHS’s David Coale discusses the orders and what workers can do if they feel pressured to disobey orders. “If a worker thinks they should be able to work at home, said Mr. Coale. “Show the employer – in writing – the specific definitions and why they do not apply to him or her,” he said. “If that doesn’t work, start calling state health regulators.”
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