Flu Resources Page



Less Effective Flu Shot Calls for More Workplace Diligence
Because this year’s flu vaccine is not as effective against a current, mutated strain of the influenza virus, employers may be wondering if they should take extra precautions to keep their workers healthy.

Ready Your Workplace for Flu
Concern over the deadly Ebola virus making landfall in the U.S. has dominated news coverage to such a degree that the start of the more familiar but still highly disruptive flu season passed unnoticed.

Can an Employee Get FMLA Leave for the Flu?
When an employee calls out sick with the flu, is the employee entitled to leave under the Family Medical Leave Act?

Fight the Flu with Onsite Vaccinations
Employers are readying their flu-prevention and vaccination policies in an effort to best protect their employees now that the dreaded flu season has begun.

Severe Flu Season Raises Questions for HR
The 2012-2013 flu season has hit early and hard. The severity of the flu outbreak has left many employers pondering if their organizations’ health and attendance policies are helping or hampering their efforts to keep the flu from spreading.

The Economic Effect of Influenza on Businesses
Employers should take heed; an early flu season could do more than make stomachs turn.

It's that Time Again: HR Needs to Prepare for Flu
Employers need to prepare their employees for influenza by encouraging flu shots, examining sick leave policies, communicating flu prevention strategies and keeping the workplace clean. 

Flu Shot Programs Now Mandatory
The Joint Commission now requires accredited health care organizations to set up annual influenza vaccine programs and urge all staff and licensed independent practitioners to get a flu shot. 

Encourage, Don't Require, Flu Shots The legal headaches from mandating the vaccination might be more painful than the aches and chills of the flu itself, a legal expert says.

For a complete archive of seasonal flu news coverage from SHRM Online, click here.

SHRM Resources and Q&As

Managing Through Flu and Other Epidemics in the Workplace

What is the employer's responsibility when faced with an employee with a communicable disease?

Sample Policies

Top Government Resources

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
The CDC's website--www.flu.gov--has resources for employers and individuals on how to stay healthy and fight the flu this season. Printed materials for employers include information on hosting an at-work flu vaccination clinic, brochures alerting workers to signs and symptoms of flu, and posters reminding employees of proper cough and sneeze etiquette. 

The Department of Labor--Wage & Hour Division
Q&As give information on common issues that occur when employees get the flu and how that affects wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
World Health Organization
Daily updates, including data on confirmed cases by country.

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