Deal With an Employee With an Infectious Disease

Key Points

  • The outbreak of an infectious disease, such as the flu or even the common cold can be a major problem in a work setting. What may start as one sick employee can quickly manifest itself into a pandemic if proper measures are not taken.
  • An employer should educate employees on ways to reduce the risk of exposure and how to protect themselves. For example, an employer can place hand sanitizer in multiple locations around the workplace to encourage hand washing. An employer can urge employees to use insect repellent to reduce the risk of the transmission of the Zika virus via mosquito bites if traveling to an affected area.
  • An employer should be flexible with working arrangements and business travel if an employee expresses concerns about being exposed to a disease or virus.

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