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Replace Ebola panic with solid plan to deal with epidemics

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The threat of an Ebola outbreak has dominated the news for months. With the possible exceptions of health care-related organizations, it’s unlikely that most employers will ever have to deal with the disease.

However, it’s a timely reminder that even relatively common maladies (such as the flu) can wreak havoc on business operations.

THE LAW: Employers must constantly balance their business needs, individual employee rights and collective employee rights. When infectious diseases such as influenza (or Ebola) threaten a workplace, employers need information to keep their businesses running while respecting individual employee rights and protecting the workforce from infection.

Several federal laws affect how employers may collect information. The ADA governs what questions employers may ask in preparing for emergencies.

The FMLA requires employers to provide unpaid leave to eligible employees for clearly delineated reasons th...(register to read more)

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