The Office of Human Resources has prepared a set of UW-Madison guidelines for how flu-like symptoms should be handled in the workplace. The guidelines outlined in the documents are now in effect.
The key component of the guidelines involves telling employees to either stay home or go home if they have flu-like symptoms (fever greater than 100 degrees and either sore throat or cough). An employee’s return to the workplace is predicated on being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. The standards were developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition, the university will not ask for employees to routinely secure a health care provider justification when they indicate a flu-like illness. Update: On Sept. 11, the Board of Regents granted a temporary waiver of the policy requiring a doctor’s note for absences of more than five days. The cover memo and guidelines have been updated to reflect the change.