What Employers Need To Know About The  Swine Flu (H1N1). Do You Have A Plan?


With the CDC’s recent elevation of the pandemic alert to Level 5 for Swine Flu, employers should be prepared to consider the following issues:

  1. Human resources should maintain current knowledge about the extent of swine flu outbreaks. These websites are updated daily: www.pandemicflu.gov and www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
  2. Employers should advise employees how to counter potential outbreaks. Post checklists about good health practices in the workplace.
  3. Remind employees to see a physician promptly if they develop symptoms.
  4. Advise employees to say home if they believe they have the flu. Employers may consider whether to require employees to remain at home.
  5. Update FMLA and other medical leave policies. Be familiar with the policies.
  6. Prepare to respond to an employee’s request if employee refuses to come to work.
  7. Be prudent and confidential about disclosing health information about an employee who may have the flu. Follow HIPAA rules.

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