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How to Manage the Dreaded Flu Season

By Jon Hyman

Nov. 1, 2013

Flu season is upon us. Do you know, that according to the Walgreens Flu Impact Report [pdf], U.S. adults missed 230 million work days during last year’s flu season? Some additional findings of note:

  • In 2012 – 2013, the flu cost U.S. employers $30.4 billion
  • Employees missed, on average, three days of work because of the flu
  • Three out of four respondents indicated they were personally impacted by the flu last year

What can you do about this? You likely can require your employees to receive flu shots, unless an Americans with Disabilities Act-defined disability or sincerely held religious belief precludes one from receiving the vaccine. Better yet, offer vaccinations free of charge to your employees right in your workplace. The cost of the vaccines and a nurse to administer them will pay for itself if it keeps even one employee from missing work.

Written by Jon Hyman, a partner in the Labor & Employment group of Kohrman Jackson & Krantz. For more information, contact Hyman at (216) 736-7226 or jth@kjk.com. You can also follow Hyman on Twitter at @jonhyman.

Jon Hyman is a partner in the Employment & Labor practice at Wickens Herzer Panza. Contact Hyman at JHyman@Wickenslaw.com.

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