So it looks like the swine flu is on the wane. So far, swine flu hasn't turned out to be as virulent as people feared, and the precautions people took in response to early reports of the disease's spread have helped to prevent the outbreak from turning into a pandemic.
But experts urge that there is still a chance that the organism could evolve into a more virulent strain. The Southern Hemisphere is just beginning its flu season, and epidemiologists are eying the spread of the disease there with great concern. If swine flu does reemerge, will you be prepared for it? What about
the next virus that rises up and threatens to turn into a pandemic?
How can you protect your employees and your business from the
devastating effects of such a disease?
The Colorado Bar has published a helpful article entitled "Pandemic Preparations for the Workplace" in the latest issue of its Colorado Lawyer
magazine. The article discusses state and federal laws and regulations
concerning safe workplace environments, and lists statutes that may
come into play when dealing with the issues created by a pandemic.
The authors conclude that organizations should create policies that
address the idiosyncrasies of a global disease outbreak, noting that
employers might have to offer their employees more flexibility during
these situations than required under state or federal law. This
flexibility can help keep you and your employees healthy, and keep your
firm running smoothly during a pandemic.
Read the article, decide what precautions to take and remember: a little hand sanitizer never hurt anyone!