With over thousand cases of swine flu being recorded this year and six lives lost, the Delhi High Court has issued a circular to prevent the flu from spreading amongst judges, lawyers and staff. … [Read more...] about With Delhi In Grip Of Swine Flu, Delhi HC Issues Circular On Dos And Don’ts
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When will the flu season peak?There is no way to know when the flu season will peak and the number of infected people will start to decrease. It is one of the most aggressive flu seasons of the last decade. Acting CDC Director, Dr. Anne Schuchat, said in a tweet Friday, “We can’t predict how much longer this season will last. But if we stay vigilant and take steps to fight flu, we can reduce the risk of getting – and transmitting – it.” … [Read more...] about When Will Flu Season Peak? This Flu Rivals Swine Flu In Severity
A November 2005 ABA Journal story, “The Avian Flu Time Bomb,” provides more details on the Model State Emergency Powers Act. The law gives sweeping powers to governors in public health emergencies, but tempers those powers with due process provisions, time limits and legislative protections. “Under the act, a state would not be empowered to force an individual to be vaccinated, but it would have the power to isolate or quarantine people who refuse vaccination,” the story says. “And while the law would not impose criminal penalties on health care workers who don’t show up during a medical crisis, it would allow the state to deny them licensure.” … [Read more...] about Will Swine Flu Merit Quarantines? If So, New Laws Give States Authority
• How to keep an essential workforce on the job. If swine flu were to become a pandemic, 40 percent of the workforce could be sidelined by the virus. Employers may want to provide vaccines or medicine for employees. They may also want to provide child care for workers with sick children at home. Employers also should consider whether employees who fear exposure to the virus can continue to work at home by telecommuting. … [Read more...] about Swine Flu Requires Look at Workplace Disaster Policies
While the hospital’s policy in Robinson only covered patient-facing employees, health care employers with flu vaccination policies impacting all employees should be aware that they will be subject to heightened scrutiny by regulators such as the EEOC. For instance, in EEOC v. Baystate Medical Inc., Civ. No. 3:16-cv-30086 (D. Mass. June 2, 2016), Baystate’s policy required employees who refused the flu vaccination to wear a surgical mask at all times while working at the hospital’s facilities. The employee in question worked in human resources, had no patient contact, and argued that it was not reasonable for her to wear the mask because people complained that they could not understand what she was saying. Following several occasions in which the employee pulled the mask down away from her mouth so that people could understand her, the plaintiff was discharged for violating Baystate’s policy. While the facts have yet to be developed, these allegations were … [Read more...] about Will Requiring Flu Vaccinations Leave Employers Feeling Under the Weather?