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USCG Specific Frequently Asked Questions

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A40 (formerly A13) Q. May an employer screen applicants for symptoms of COVID-19?

A. Coast Guard hiring officials are advised to conduct interviews virtually. However, in the event an applicant is asked to come to a Coast Guard worksite, they are subject to any requirements for entry, including a temperature check.


A41 (formerly A14) Q. May an employer take an applicant's temperature as part of a post-offer, pre-employment medical exam?

A. Most CG positions do not require pre-employment physical exams. However, for positions that do require a physical, the Civilian HR Office will notify the applicant of the requirement of a pre-employment physical as part of the pre-employment process.


A42 (formerly A15) Q. May a supervisor delay the start date of an applicant who has COVID-19 or symptoms associated with it?

A. Yes. According to current CDC guidance, an individual who has COVID-19 or symptoms associated with it should not be in the workplace.


A43 (formerly A16) Q. May an employer withdraw a job offer when it needs the applicant to start immediately but the individual has COVID-19 symptoms?

A. Consult with your Civilian HR Office to discuss options, including delaying the start date. However, depending on the situation, the Coast Guard is able to withdraw a job offer.