Doctors’ notes, sick leave in spotlight as H1N1 hits

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By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/30/2009

Ultra Electronics has seen its absenteeism rate rise to about 12 per cent during the H1N1 pandemic, compared to an average of three per cent. But it’s allowing people to work from home, if needed, and to take time to obtain the vaccination if desired, said Paul Reeves, head of HR at the Halifax-based company, which has 160 employees.

The biggest challenge has been presenteeism, he said.

“It’s actually saying to people, ‘Look, we’re really serious about this. If you have these symptoms, stay at home.’”