Bauer Business Focus

Are Companies Responsible If Their Employees Contract Zika On The Job?

A labor attorney provides clarity on what employers should do to avoid a negligence lawsuit.

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Labor attorney Justin Markel says employers should educate their workers about how to avoid contracting the Zika virus.

Last week marked the first time the Zika virus spread from state to state when a Texas man contracted the virus in Miami. A week earlier, a baby in Harris County died from it. With Zika becoming a growing health risk, it brings up the question of how liable employers are if their workers get sick.

For this week’s Bauer Business Focus, News 88.7’s Florian Martin spoke with labor attorney Justin Markel of the law firm Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey PC about what steps employers should take before sending an employee into a hot zone.

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

Business Reporter

Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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