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Panoramic View: Don't Be Caught Unprepared for Pandemic Challenges

9.1.09

In their highly-scrutinized, time-sensitive business, contractors must often "plan for the worst, but hope for the best." However, many employers are hoping for the best without really planning for the possible business disruption and legal exposure if this spring's mild H1N1 "Swine Flu" pandemic becomes more deadly during the Fall Flu Season.

Part of every employer's strategy in dealing with the H1N1 flu and a potential pandemic should include: (a) following the guidance from the CDC and other public health services, (b) designating specific individuals to answer all questions involving the H1N1 flu (after consultation with medical and legal counsel) so that the company will act in a consistent and thoughtful fashion, and (c) planning ahead for potential disruption and response to employee, customer, and contractor concerns. The following checklist outlines actions employers should consider in their preparation.

This information is not intended to be legal advice or all-inclusive, but is a start to one's planning.

Employers should act in a measured fashion which reflects the needs of the company and the constantly changing guidance provided by the public health service.

This article appeared in the September 2009 issue of Modern Contractor Solutions.

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