May an employee remain home because s/he believes s/he may contract the flu from co-workers?

The Administrative Office (AO) and the courts will work to ensure that the health and safety of employees in the workplace is protected in the case of a pandemic healthcare crisis or other widespread contagious disease, to include closing offices when supported by official guidance (e.g., guidance from the CDC or other public health officials). Any concern an employee has about contracting the flu from a co-worker must be addressed with the employee’s supervisor. The supervisor may recommend an appropriate solution such as telework, changing work areas, or taking annual leave or earned compensatory time off, as appropriate. However, if an employee refuses to report for work without cause, s/he may risk disciplinary action (e.g., placement on absence without leave).