Q: Given COVID-19's status as a pandemic, do employers have more authority to take action?

In short, yes. Because COVID-19 is an international pandemic as emphasized by the World Health Organization, employers who are subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, and the Rehabilitation Act may be permitted to do things that would normally be impermissible, such as taking an employee’s temperature. 
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