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Global Swine Flu Pandemic Plans - Top 10 Legal Issues

As proactive multinationals hurriedly respond to the international swine flu outbreak of Spring 2009, global pandemic plans implicate employment law issues worldwide.


In April 2009 the World Health Organization called the Spring 2009 swine flu outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” and the New York Times said the world was at “the leading edge of a global pandemic.” With no vaccine yet in existence and with public health officials recommending extreme precautions, the emergency became truly global: As of late April, the crisis was most acute in Mexico, the US and Canada, but infections were emerging as far away as Spain, Israel, Scotland and New Zealand.

Because a workplace pulls employees together into close daily contact, the employment context raises real concerns in any communicable-disease outbreak. Employers have a keen interest in keeping staff healthy and in containing the spread of a disease, not only for the obvious reason of employee welfare but also to keep business operations running and to minimize liability exposure