I've ranted plenty about H1N1 (Swine flu) in recent blogs
But not this time. This is a fair warning about communicating with staff and help you avoid breaking federal law.
When a worker comes down with what appears to be the swine flu, other staffers may want to know whether the sick employee is indeed suffering from the disease.
Owners and Management need to know it's against federal laws, including the Americans with Disability Act, to reveal health information about any employee. They'll have to tell the staff that they cannot discuss the matter.
If you have hourly managers, be sure they don't divulge any information either. I would make sure that managers are trained to respond to these kinds of inquiries....with silence.
It may sound outrageous but it is what it is.
I also see this as a double edged sword though.
If you know an employee was working while sick (regardless of whether you found out after the fact or not) and you don't warm the other employees that they have been working with a sick person, I can see all sorts of trouble coming from that as well.