The 2018–2019 flu season was the longest the United States experienced in a decade. It lasted 21 weeks, with a total of 42.9 million people falling ill. Unfortunately, health experts fear that the 2019–2020 flu season could be even worse.
The arrival of cooler temperatures signals the coming of fall—and the coming of flu season. No one likes to feel sick, but employers face the added burden of illnesses spreading throughout the organization, which amplifies and prolongs the problem and increases the amount of productivity lost to illness each season.
It’s hard to imagine, but flu season is almost upon us once again. Today we are joined by Jocelyn Sivalingam, M.D., F.A.C.P., and Medical Director at West’s Health Advocate Solutions to discuss the flu.
Many healthcare providers in North Carolina have instituted policies requiring their employees who have patient contact to receive the flu vaccine each year. Such policies will typically include a process by which an employee can object to receiving the vaccine based on religious beliefs or medical concerns, such as an allergy to the vaccine’s ingredients. […]
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?
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 […]
Trying to avoid cold and flu in the workplace has reached desperate levels, as nearly half of people surveyed would give up a vacation day to a sick worker to ensure they don’t bring illness to the workplace, according to the seventh annual cold and flu season survey from Staples.
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 […]
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.
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, […]