posted on Oct, 25 2009 @ 09:52 PM
I work at a large company in the US and recently the following was discussed in a monthly management safety meeting. I have **** out all the location
specific info to protect myself, as I probably should not be re-posting info from this corporate memo.
Also be aware that fall is here, which means prime cold and flu season. With the threat of an H1N1 pandemic looming, ****, along with our
management, have been discussing contingency plans if we have a building-wide outbreak of H1N1. At the moment, this may involve a near-complete
lockdown of the corporate campus.
This means that all non-**** personnel would likely work remotely, while whomever was working in **** would be locked-in. *** would provide food at
the cafeteria, showers at either ***, **** or ****, and cots for sleeping at ****.
NOTE: these arrangements are not finalized, but are the likely course of action, and it is especially important for us to get regular updates on this
H1N1 plan as we will never know when it may hit.
I was very disturbed to read and hear about this. Is this even legal? How can my employer legally keep me at work? Are all employees going to be
tested to see if they have H1N1 or are they just going to quarantine everyone, if one person falls ill. I was actually more concerned as to whether
or not I would be paid for every hour I was required to stay in my building under quarantine.(which in the event of a 5 day quarantine, I would expect
to be paid for 120hrs, 80 of which being OT. Cant say that I wouldnt mind that pay check). Nonetheless this info is a little scary to me and I dont
really feel like it would accomplish very much in the way of protecting others from contracting H1N1.
We would still need food deliveries from the outside and there are just a lot of logistical problems with this plan that I feel management has not
considered. What if co-workers need medications or prescription drugs? How will any diabetics receive their much needed insulin? Am I being paid?
What about single parents and their children, who will watch them while they are in quarantine?
Has anyone else heard about anything like this at their place of business?