One-third of staff could be sidelined by flu

Continuity planning essential for economic survival during a flu pandemic
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/09/2005

World leaders and health experts are worrying about the ever-increasing possibility of a flu pandemic as officials recently confirmed the first cases of avian flu outside of Asia.

Businesses need to come up with continuity plans that will take into account a 35-per-cent reduction in the workforce should a flu pandemic arise, a recent report by BMO Nesbitt Burns economist Sherry Cooper stated.

“Companies must help protect employees’ health and they will need to work with health officials to minimize disruptions,” said Cooper’s report, titled