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How can we prepare for a flu pandemic?

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in Employee Benefits Program,Employment Law,Human Resources

Q. I am very concerned about the H1N1 flu outbreak, especially if it flares up again this fall. Are there are steps I should take to prepare my business if an employee contracts the illness?

A.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a six-step protocol to prepare for an infectious disease outbreak in your workplace:

  1. Plan for the impact on your business. Establish an infectious disease coordinator, identify essential personnel and run drills.
  2. Plan for the impact on your employees and customers by forecasting absences and ensuring proper medical access.
  3. Establish policies, such as employee compensation and sick-leave, flexible work schedules and travel restrictions.
  4. Allocate resources for accessible infection control supplies and availability of medical consultation.
  5. Communicate with and educate employees about the disease.
  6. Communicate with external organizations.

The EEOC also recommends developing an ADA-compliant survey to distribute to employees to determine their work availability in the event of a pandemic outbreak.

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