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August 19, 2009
Secretary Napolitano joined Secretaries Gary Locke of the Department of Commerce and Kathleen Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Services this morning to announce new guidelines for businesses in preparation for flu season. The guidelines were released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Secretary Napolitano stated, “Ensuring business continuity is important to our cooperative efforts to keep Americans safe.”
The guidelines stress the importance of frequent hand washing and routine cleaning of common areas. The guidelines also strongly suggest that employers be flexible with sick leave policies, understanding that employees may have to stay home with a sick family member. They also recommend that employers take time to review current sick leave policies with their employees.
More guidelines for employers and families are available online at flu.gov.
Published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.