Employers prepare for worstSwine flu has organizations reviewing pandemic plansBy Sarah Dobson05/18/2009|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/19/2009 It’s early days for the onset of the H1N1 flu virus — also known as swine flu — in Canada but many employers have already started communicating with workers about the health risks and the possibility of a pandemic. Those organizations that still lack pandemic plans should start now, say industry experts.The plans are important for more than just pandemics. They work for any kind of emergency, such as a terrorist attack, to help cope with the potential for high absenteeism and disrupted operations, said Diane Champagne, a Montreal-based principal for the health and benefits business at Mercer.“Especially in the economic times we’re in now, employers can’t afford to have a high level of absenteeism when they may have already laid off people and may have just a sufficient number of people. It’s really making sure your people can continue,” she said. “Someone who doesn’t have a plan now should be thinking about one.” To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.