San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/03/2015 -- The recent flu outbreak in Dallas raises questions of how employers should respond, including what to do if a sick employee insists on coming to work, and what to do if a seemingly healthy employee prefers to stay home. Therefore it is important that every business employer consult with legal counsel long before they run into any of these issues.
According to the Dallas Business Journal, flu cases not only pose risks for individuals, but also threaten businesses whose productivity can decrease as employees stay home to avoid infecting others or work at half-speed because they're feeling less than 100 percent. Businesses should update employee handbooks and sick leave policies, as well as require employees sidelined by the flu to get a doctor's note declaring them fit for duty before they return to work. It is also important that employers should also take the outbreak as an opportunity to educate their employees about washing their hands.
Dianna D. Bowen, a partner in the Dallas office of Fisher & Phillips law firm, commented that employers can require mandatory flu shots, but should do so with care. Anti-discrimination laws can come into play if employees request an exemption to the vaccination based on a disability or a religious belief. Bowen advises, "what the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and the courts are going to look at is whether the employees' objections are reasonable, you have to look at it case by case rather than just having a blanket rule."
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