Tag: flu

Seven Steps for Employers to Address the Ebola Threat (Step 1: Don’t Panic!)

The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, with the few isolated cases occurring in the United States, is spurring employers to review their emergency response plans for pandemic preparedness.  In seven steps, this writing sets forth best practices for pandemic preparedness, considerations regarding travel during a pandemic, and addressing employees’ immediate concerns … Continue Reading

Our Festivus Present to Oregon Employers: Ten Things You Should Know for 2010

Wow, it’s Festivus already, which means that in just a few short days it will be a brand new year!  We have a Festivus present for Oregon employers to help you get ready:  Ten things you need to know for 2010!  (click on each blue hotlink for more information) All Oregon employers are required to post the SB … Continue Reading

Oregon Expands Flu Hotline

Beginning today, November 12, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is offering expanded service on the Oregon Public Health Flu Hotline.  Oregonians can call 1-800-978-3040 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, or 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays for information on the flu, including the H1N1 (or "swine flu") virus.  Three services … Continue Reading

EEOC Updates H1N1 Guidance

The H1N1 virus (aka "swine flu") continues to spread.  Is your workplace prepared?  Are your policies and procedures legally compliant?  In order to help employers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance for employers titled "Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act."  (Click title to download). The EEOC guidance answers several common questions … Continue Reading

EEOC Issues Swine Flu Guidance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued two helpful resources for employers coping with the Swine Flu outbreak. First, the Commission has issued this technical assistance document on ADA-Compliant Employer Preparedness For the H1N1 Flu Virus.  It answers basic questions about workplace preparation strategies for the 2009 H1N1 flu virus (swine flu) that are compliant … Continue Reading

Swine Flu May Cause Sick Leave Changes

Judith Warner wrote this interesting editorial in today’s New York Times on how the Swine Flu may force changes in sick leave policies.  Warner concludes by advocating for the Healthy Families Act, which would require employers who employ 15 or more employees to provide up to 7 paid sick days per year.  This flu outbreak … Continue Reading

New Swine Flu Resources for Employers Available

The U.S. Government has set up this new website, PandemicFlu.gov, to provide "One-stop access to U.S. Government swine, avian and pandemic flu information."  It has posted a great deal information to help employers and employees reduce the risk of infection on its workplace planning page.  The Centers for Disease Control  has posted this H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) … Continue Reading
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