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Keep Sick Employees Home During Flu Season

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Traditionally, employee absenteeism has been employers' main concern during the annual flu season. This year, however, employers are being urged by federal agencies to wage war against a different potential trend: employees coming in sick.


Why is the government worried about this? "The workplace may act as a 'point of spread,' where employees can easily spread flu to their fellow employees as well as to others in the community," explains the federal government's comprehensive flu website. U.S. officials are therefore urging employers to actively encourage employees to stay home at the first sign of flu symptoms.


The latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ask employers to tell employees to stay home if they are sick with the flu, until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever (100° F or above) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appeara...(register to read more)

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