Risk of Spreading COVID-19 to Relatives Justifies Abandoning Work, AR Court Rules

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All of us are facing the uncertainty and burdens of dealing with COVID-19’s impact on the workplace. One issue revolves around when employees have good cause to abandon their jobs because of the risks created by the virus. The Arkansas Court of Appeals recently addressed the question and sided with the employee.

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Tracy Keener was a seven-year employee of car dealership Wood Motor Company (WMC). In March 2020, she developed concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. She had frequent, if not daily, contact with individuals who were at greater risk of harm

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