Tags: Swine Flu

Up to half of the UK’s workforce could be absent if a second wave of the swine flu pandemic hits the country, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) has warned, which could leave businesses facing absence management problems. As a result, the CIPD and the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) have advised organisations to ensure…

A swine flu epidemic could cost the UK economy £50 billion, mostly in lost revenue and sick pay, according to a recent survey by the Ernst & Young ITEM Club. Kate Redshaw from Burges Salmon LLP explains how best to deal with this epidemic.

Britons with swine flu who work in contract jobs or on commission may be refusing to take time off if they have swine flu, it has been suggested, which may cause a headache for HR departments in charge of ensuring they maintain a healthy workforce. The Association of Professional Staffing Companies has warned that as…

Sickness among employees in the workplace may escalate if plans to replace the traditional ‘sick note’ with a well note’ are given the go-ahead, it has been suggested. Thompsons Solicitors claims that the proposals from the Department for Work and Pensions could see employees returning to work while not in a fit state, following a…

Two-thirds of businesses in the UK have already felt the impact of swine flu on their operations, which may mean firms need to do more to ensure a healthy workforce. Research conducted by the law firm Eversheds has revealed that 72 per cent of employers have reported swine flu absenteeism. However, 41 per cent of…

The ongoing swine flu pandemic should have alerted businesses to the importance of having remote working technology in place to allow employees to stay at home, therefore better ensuring a healthy workforce, one sector commentator has said. Martino Corbelli, marketing director at Star, said that the recent publicity surrounding swine flu may well have convinced…

An Orange call centre in Plymouth has taken steps to maintain a healthy workforce after some employees have been confirmed as having swine flu, it has been reported. Nine members of staff have been told to stay at home, a spokesperson from the communications company told the Plymouth Herald. Orange is one of the city’s…

The Welsh Assembly has this week unveiled its plans to ensure a healthy workforce in the country in order to overcome the high costs of employee absenteeism by introducing a national occupational health scheme. It is claimed that work-related ill health costs the Welsh economy around £500 million every year and that occupational health services…