Flu Season and Infectious Disease Prevention
Author: Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, XpertHR Legal Editor
The flu, along with other infectious diseases, has the potential to temporarily wipe out an entire workforce. Not only do contagious employees risk spreading their sickness to other workers, they are often less productive. Flu season in the US typically falls between fall and early spring, with February often considered the worst month. During this season, employers should attempt to prevent this disease from overtaking the workplace.
There are many steps an employer can take to prevent the spread of germs in the workplace, including requiring proper hygiene, offering vaccinations, having a good sick time off policy or simply allowing telecommuting options if possible.
Policies and Documents
- Letter Suggesting the Importance of Being Vaccinated
- Business Continuity Policy
- Contagious Disease Policy
- Emergency Contact Form
Employment Law Manual
- Risk Management - Health, Safety, Security > Employee Health > Infectious Diseases
- Employee Management > Disabilities (ADA) > Pandemics
- Employee Leaves > Other Leaves > Pandemic Leave