During a flu pandemic, if an employee has flu symptoms, or has been in contact with someone with flu, can he or she be instructed not to come to work?
Should employees who are absent due to pandemic flu be required to get certification from their GP to confirm that they are ill?
Is there any duty on employers to close their workplace during a flu pandemic to prevent the spread of the virus?
If, in order to prevent the spread of pandemic flu, an employer instructs its employees not to come to work, does it have to pay the employees in full?
If, during a flu pandemic, an employee has flu symptoms, can the employer insist that he or she is tested for flu?
Can an employer insist on its employees having a flu vaccination?
Can front-line health or social care workers in the priority group for vaccination refuse to have the vaccine?
An employer must tell its employees what it expects them to provide as evidence of incapacity for statutory sick pay purposes, and when they must provide this. For spells of sickness lasting four to seven days, employees can be required to self-certify. The employer can ask for a doctor's statement only after the first seven days in a spell of sickness. The employer can then ask for regular doctor's statements to cover the balance of the sickness absence. If the employer operates a more generous contractual sick pay policy, it can require that its employees provide evidence of incapacity in line with this policy. However, if attendance at GP surgeries is restricted, employers may have to review their policies to allow for longer periods of self-certification.
What medical evidence can an employer insist on from employees who are absent due to swine flu when government advice is that people with swine flu symptoms should not attend their GP?
During a flu pandemic, can an employer insist that someone with flu symptoms comes to work?
If an employee has exhausted his or her entitlement to contractual sick pay, is the employee entitled to be paid if the absence is due to an instruction by the employer not to come to work to prevent the spread of pandemic flu?
During a flu pandemic, do employers have a duty to take special measures to protect those employees who are most at risk if they catch flu, such as pregnant employees or those with asthma?
During a flu pandemic, do employees have the right to be told if a colleague has flu or its symptoms?
Should a policy triggering disciplinary action after a certain amount of absence be suspended in relation to employees with swine flu?
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