Nearly a quarter of employees believe HIV-positive workers should be fired or put on disability at first sign of illness, according to a National AIDS Fund survey. Yet the U.S. Supreme Court said last year that any HIV-positive person is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act even if he shows no signs of the disease. Rather than confront these issues on a case-by-case basis, write up a policy that sets procedures for handling confidentiality, benefits, first aid and employee reaction. Also, don’t ask medical questions during interviews, keep medical records private and educate employees on HIV transmission.
From tattoos and piercings to T-shirts, from bumper stickers to computer screen savers and more, employers are called on to balance employees’ individual expression against the rights of other workers and the employer’s business interests....Click here to find out more.