Flu Season and Infectious Disease Prevention
Author: Ashley Shaw, XpertHR Legal Editor
The flu, along with other infectious diseases, has the potential to effectively 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 worse. During this season, employers should take steps to prevent this disease from overtaking the workplace.
There are lots of things employers can do to prevent the spread of germs in the workplace. These steps can include requiring proper hygiene, offering vaccinations, having a good sick time off policy or simply allowing telecommuting options if possible.
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