Employer Concerns Over Possible Spread of H1N1 Virus


The United States Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed guidance for employers to use as they develop plans to respond to the H1N1 virus relative to its anticipates impact in the workplace. Naturally, the severity of the 2009 H1N1 - of the amount of illness that may occur from standard seasonal influenza - cannot be predicted with a high degree of certainity. The CDC therefore recommends that empolyers respond in a flexible way to varying levels of severity. In considering various options, employers must balance the concerns of reducing transmission among employees with the need to maintain business operations.

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