Don't Panic: Workplace Worries Over Ebola Virus
Peter Gillespie was quoted in the August 11, 2014 CorpCounsel.com article "Don't Panic: Workplace Worries Over Ebola Virus."
The World Health Organization declared that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reached the proportions of an international health emergency. The disease has killed almost 1,000 people and infected hundreds more in Africa, and two Americans have been transported to the U.S. from Africa to receive treatment for the disease.
For now, the Ebola threat remains low in U.S. workplaces.
Peter told CorpCounsel.com that Ebola is a serious disease, but the chances of it reaching U.S. workplaces in a significant way remains low.
He emphasized that employers shouldn’t panic or create emergency-type responses for Ebola because having anxious employees is never in anyone’s best interest. Rather, companies should just keep an eye on information and guidance coming from the CDC and other sources. “Because you see it in the papers and you see it’s drawing lots of attention, it's just a reminder that if you have health and safety plans and you have response plans, somebody in HR should know where they are, dust them off, take a look at them and makes sure the continuity plans are there so you’re prepared.”