More than half (53%) of the employers surveyed were considering whether to create back-up and contingency plans in response to the outbreak, Mercer said in a news release. Others said they planned to restrict or cancel business travel(43%) or allow employees to work at home (41%).
Other stepsemployers are taking, according to the press release:
- include voluntary quarantine for employees exposed to risk (27%),
- enforced quarantine on employees judged at risk (24%),
- canceling meetings/conferences (21%),
- screening staff/visitors returning from travel (20%),
- requiring medical check-ups (12%),
- and reviewing health or insurance plans (10%).
One-fourth (24%) indicated theyare taking no special actions.
Mercer’s survey includesresponses frommore than 400 mid-size and large organizations in the U.S., Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Hong Kong, Brazil, Vietnam, Switzerland,China, Argentina, South Korea, Singapore, the Russian Federation, the Philippines and Belgium.
More information is at www.mercer.com/H1N1 .
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