Preparing for and Responding to Issues Relating to Flu Season and Specific Considerations Regarding the H1N1 Influenza Virus

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On October 9, 2009, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") updated its pandemic preparedness technical assistance document. This update is just another reminder that flu season is here. The EEOC update follows on the heels of the Secretary of Homeland Security's issuance of a preparedness guide for businesses, specifically regarding the H1N1 influenza, and similar information provided by the World Health Organization ("WHO"). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") has also issued interim guidance on infection control measures. As the sheer volume of information about the coming flu season can be daunting, the following highlights particular concerns of these agencies as applies to businesses and provides practical tips for employers in preparing for and responding to the influenza virus.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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