Coronavirus

The effect of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic on employment is huge, as employees are urged to self-isolate, people are told to avoid social contact, and businesses implement government restrictions. The Covid-19 coronavirus is an example of an infectious diseases that has had a significant impact on business or led to public health policies that employers need to adhere to. This category also covers other infectious diseases that have affected workplace activities in the past, for example Ebola, MERS, SARS, swine flu and bird flu, as employers move to protect their staff  and the public from potential infection or deal with the fallout of epidemics or pandemics.

How to survive a flu pandemic

6 Feb 2007

How can you prepare for a flu pandemic? Seán Lavin explains what to consider and practical steps you can take if bird flu ever becomes transmissible between humans.

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Staff still ignored in crisis planning for disasters: business continuity plans ignore impact of losing staff

16 May 2006

Three out of four companies are unprepared for the impact that losing staff will have if disaster strikes.

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Multinationals plan ahead to reduce impact of possible outbreak if avian flu affects humans

22 Mar 2006

The world's biggest companies are taking steps to limit the impact on business if avian flu begins to affect humans.

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Bird flu: Planning for the flu pandemic

11 Mar 2006

Preparation for the pandemic that is likely to result when bird-flu jumps the species barrier is sorely lacking, writes Sally O'Reilly

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Help in preparing for bird-flu outbreak

1 Mar 2006

HR consultancy Mercer has launched a dedicated website to provide companies with advice to address the people challenges of a potential global avian flu pandemic.

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Forward planning is vital to beat flu pandemic

10 Jan 2006

A flu pandemic is no longer a case of if, but when. Sally O’Reilly argues that attitudes need to change...

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Lack of heart makes absence grow longer

10 May 2005

our irascible insider on... cutting absence rates

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More specialists needed to tackle public health problems

7 Jun 2004

The
number of specialist doctors in the public health workforce needed to tackle
major public health problems will have to...

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Foreign postings

1 May 2004

With
more and more multinational companies sending employees abroad to work,
employers need to ensure staff are kept safe and...

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Companies restrict travel to SARS-affected countries

1 Jun 2003

Some
UK employers are quarantining staff in a bid to stop infection spreading
Firms
around the world are erring on...

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Quarantine reduces transmission

1 Jun 2003

Quarantining in hospital has proved effective in reducing the transmission
of SARS and could potentially eradicate the disease, scientists from...

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HR must act to sew up contracts covering employee travel abroad

1 Jun 2003

Employers must ensure their staff's contractual mobility clauses are watertight where employees are required to travel, to guard against claims for constructive dismissal

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Paid quarantine for Asda staff at risk from SARS

6 May 2003

Asda staff returning from SARS-infected countries, such as China and
Vietnam, will enjoy an extra 10 days paid leave to...

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Employers have legal duty of care over SARS dangers

6 May 2003

While the Department of Health is currently playing down risks of a SARS epidemic in the UK, employers must take sensible precautions to minimise any danger to staff

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The world waits as virus causes business panic

29 Apr 2003

Almost half of the world’s multinationals have put a limit on travel to
countries affected by SARS, research has found....

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