Swine Flu: Surviving the Pandemic

    August 2009

    Swine Flu: Surviving the Pandemic

    Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA), an employer has a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of his employees. The recent outbreak of swine flu, and subsequent declaration of a pandemic, will impact on all UK businesses and presents a challenge to employers in meeting their obligations under HSWA. It is clear that businesses should begin to consider contingency plans and disseminate information to their employees before the pandemic reaches its peak, which is anticipated in early September.

    In May 2008, international law firm Hammonds became a limited liability partnership. Hammonds LLP and its affiliated undertakings has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester in the UK, and in Berlin, Brussels, Beijing, Hong Kong, Madrid, Munich and Paris.