Tag: flu

Ask the Expert: Rules for Sending a Sick Employee Home

If an employee comes to work sick (as in the flu, fever, vomiting, etc.), do we have the right to send that employee home and make them use their Paid Time Off (PTO)? Or are we obligated to paying a sick employee if we decide to send them home?

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Flu season’s legal issues nothing for employers to sneeze at

It’s bad enough that flu can make people miserable and hamper an employer’s operations, and it may be even worse when employees decide to power through and come to work sick, thereby spreading the misery. But besides dealing with the illness, employers have legal and policy issues to consider, including whether they can require employees […]

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Over 80% of Employees Have Gone to Work Sick, Says Survey

Being under the weather isn’t keeping workers out of the office, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam shows. While 82% of HR managers interviewed said their company encourages staff to stay home when they’re sick, 85% of employees have gone to the office anyway. Thirty-six percent of those who showed up to work while ill […]

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Want Your Millennials to Get Flu Shots This Year? Good Luck with That!

CityMD Urgent Care conducted a survey of 2,080 United States adults ages 18 and older to determine Americans’ plans for getting a flu shot during the 2016-2017 influenza season (which peaks between late November and March). The survey was conducted via Harris Poll Quick Query September 13-15, 2016.

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Feds Crack Down on Mandatory Flu Shot Policies

With flu season upon us, employers may be tempted to require that employees receive a flu shot. After all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the flu costs employers about $10 billion each year in healthcare costs. And receiving the shot can drastically reduce an individual’s risk of contracting the flu, […]

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Sorry Boss, Can’t Make It in Today; My Llama is Sick!

Cold and flu season is approaching fast, and with it comes the numerous excuses for missing work. Yes, most of your workers can be trusted to take a day off for actually being sick, but there are some rare instances where your employees may be fudging a bit.

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Privacy vs. practicality: when expectations collide

by Jo Ellen Whitney Plenty of reporters, commentators, and the twitterverse have all made statements that Hillary Clinton is way too invested in her personal privacy, citing various examples, including most recently her health.  As you will remember, former Secretary Clinton was escorted from the New York 9/11 memorial service appearing ill and there was […]

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Workplace safety in an age of viral panic

by Jo Ellen Whitney In a world with a 24-hour news cycle, multiple TV channels specifically designated to the news, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and a constant news machine that needs to be fed, the adage “If it bleeds, it leads” has more power than ever before. In late 2014, we saw a good example of […]

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Time to make sure you’re ready for flu season

Ebola may be grabbing headlines, but it’s the old familiar flu that’s more likely to cause headaches and chills for employers this winter. Flu.gov reports that nearly 111 million workdays are lost as a result of flu each season. That puts the tab at approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity.  […]

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