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February 05, 2015

Pandemic Preparedness In The Workplace and The Americans With Disabilities Act

Hiscock & Barclay partner Michael J. Sciotti will present at this GKG University Seminar on "Pandemic Preparedness In The Workplace and The Americans With Disabilities Act."

A "pandemic" is a global "epidemic." The world has seen four influenza pandemics in the last century. The deadly "Spanish Flu" of 1918 was followed by the milder "Asian" and "Hong Kong" flus of the 1950s and 1960s. While the SARS outbreak in 2003 was considered a pandemic "scare," the H1N1 outbreak in 2009 rose to the level of a pandemic.

This presentation will review an employer's rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act and New York State Human Rights Law. Some of the areas to be covered will include:

  1. Employer medical inquiries concerning whether an employee has a compromised immune system or chronic health condition. 
  2. May an employer send employees home if they display influenza-like symptoms during a pandemic? 
  3. May an employer take its employees' temperatures to determine whether they have a fever? 
  4. During a pandemic, may an employer ask employees who do not have influenza symptoms to disclose whether they have a medical condition that the CDC says could make them especially vulnerable to influenza complications?
  5. Can an employer send "sick" employees home?

To register, click on the Register Now button above or call Gina Wagner at (315) 624-7839 by Monday, February 2.

Complimentary lunch will be served at 11:30.

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