swine flu

Don't Drop Your Guard on Swine Flu

Don’t Drop Your Guard on Swine Flu

Employers have dropped their guard over swine flu when they should be preparing for staff absence rates of up to 50 per cent this autumn, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has warned. Research from the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) also found that 57 per cent of employers have either ‘weak’ plans in place or no plans at all to deal with the swine flu pandemic. Cases of swine flu are expected to increase as children return to school over the next few weeks. CIPD senior policy adviser, Ben Wilmott, said that the high absence figure was a “worst-case scenario”, based on combining Government swine flu statistics with other types of absence, such as seasonal colds, and parents being forced to take time off to care for sick dependants. But ... »

Government Must Help SMEs Cope with Swine Flu

Government Must Help SMEs Cope with Swine Flu

The Government must take steps to help small businesses through the swine flu pandemic as small businesses are likely to be disproportionately affected, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) stressed this week. FSB national chairman, John Wright, said: “Swine flu is expected to have a serious impact on the UK, with a more than five per cent fall in UK GDP this year alone and up to half the population infected. Small firms, which contribute more than half of UK GDP, will be very badly hit. A small firm employing only three people could expect to have its entire workforce off for up to two weeks this autumn – either due to infection or absences as a result of school closures and transport problems. We want the Government to ease the burden on small firms so that businesses wit... »