Can I take an employee’s temperature at work to determine whether he might be infected? Yes, an employer may take the temperature of an employee displaying COVID-19 symptoms. Related articles An employee has tested positive for COVID-19. What should we do? One of our employees has a suspected but unconfirmed case of COVID-19. What should we do? Can an employee refuse to come to work because of fear of infection? Can we ask an employee to stay home or leave work if he exhibits symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus or the flu? Who can I contact if I have questions about personnel issues during this time?