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? Can an employee refuse to come to work because of fear of infection? One of our employees has a suspected but unconfirmed case of COVID-19. What should we do? Can we ask an employee to stay home or leave work if he exhibits symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus or the flu? One of our employees self-reported that she came into contact with someone who had a presumptive positive case of COVID-19. What should we do?