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NEW YORK (AP) A boss who is worried about an outbreak of measles in the workplace needs to tread lightly. Reports of a growing number of measles cases have employers wondering what they should be doing. But federal and state laws can limit their ability to require workers to be vaccinated. And it may be risky to even ask staffers whether they have gotten a measles or other type of vaccination. News about a measles case in the New York City area has clients calling human resources provider Alcott HR Group seeking advice says Bob Byrnes director of risk management with the New York-based company. They are asking what can they do? Can they go up and ask people if they are vaccinated or if their children are Byrnes says. Some questions and answers about measles and the workplace: Q. Can an employer require workers to be vaccinated against measles or any other disease? A. Legally an employer can tell workers they must be vaccinated but doing so puts them at risk for lawsuits under federal and state laws designed to shield workers from discrimination and protect their privacy. Workers might bring lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA which prohibits discrimination on medical grounds in the workplace. If they have religious beliefs that forbid their being vaccinated they can also sue employers for discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Employers should weigh the risks of mandating vaccinations or even asking about them before proceeding says Audrey Mross an employment law attorney with Munck Wilson Mandala in Dallas. Q. What about people who work in health care or who handle food? Can they be forced to be vaccinated? A. Employers in these industries may have more legal leeway in telling workers they need to be vaccinated. But even those workers cannot be forced to have vaccinations. There have been lawsuits against hospitals that tried to mandate vaccinations and the health care facilities backed away from the requirement Mross says. If health care workers refuse to be vaccinated they are likely to be assigned to work that does not involve contact with patients Alcott HR Groups Byrnes says. Some states have mandated that health care workers be vaccinated for diseases like the flu. There have been court and legislative challenges to some of the requirements and some states have exemptions that allow health care workers to decline vaccinations on medical or religious grounds or because they are philosophically opposed to vaccinations. Q. Why is it a problem to ask workers if they or their children have been vaccinated? A. Laws including the ADA the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act or GINA are designed to protect workers privacy. Protection under federal law extends to a workers family. Q. What if employees suspect that a co-worker has measles and ask the boss about their health? What should an employer do? A. If an employer is aware of a staffers illness the boss cannot discuss the workers health with other employees Byrnes says. Even if a staffer has gone public about an illness, an employer is still bound by the ADA and HIPAA not to reveal any information about it. What employers can and should do is educate staffers about how to prevent the spread of disease. And they can encourage workers to stay home if they do not feel well for any reason whether or not measles is suspected. Q. What if workers say they are not vaccinated and have been exposed to someone with measles? Can an employer tell them to stay home? A. Yes but they should be placed on paid leave. That is what Walt Disney Parks and Resorts did after several workers at its California theme parks were infected with measles. (Disney CEO Bob Iger said Tuesday that the measles outbreak is having no discernible impact on attendance at the companys parks and resorts). A paid leave of absence is the best and most conservative option right now says Brooke Iley an employment law attorney with Blank Rome in Washington D.C. Business owner Ariel Ozick has asked his staff to stay home for five days if they are not vaccinated against measles and have been traveling. Once you are flying through all the main hubs you are going to get that exposure says Ozick owner of a background search company in Jackson Wyoming. Coca-Cola is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular milk. And it is betting people will pay twice as much for it. The national rollout of Fairlife over the next several weeks marks Cokes entry into the milk case in the U.S. and is one way that the worlds biggest beverage maker is diversifying its offerings as Americans continue turning away from soft drinks. It also comes as people increasingly seek out some type of functional boost from their foods and drinks whether it is more fiber antioxidants or protein. That has left the door open for Coke to step into the milk category where the differences between options remain relatively minimal and consumption has been declining for decades. It is basically the premiumization of milk Sandy Douglas president of Coca-Cola North America said at an analyst conference in November. If developed properly Douglas said it is the type of product that rains money. Fairlife which Coca-Cola formed in partnership with dairy cooperative Select Milk Producers in 2012 says its milk goes through a filtration process thats akin to the way that skim milk is made. Filters are used to separate the various components in milk. Then more of the favorable components are added he result is a drink that Fairlife says is lactose free and has 50% more protein 30% more calcium and 50% less sugar than regular milk. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Treatment services for drug- and alcohol-addicted prisoners would receive a significant increase under Gov. John Kasichs proposed $72 billion budget the states addictions director said Thursday. Boosting the number of staffers helping prisoners beat their addictions an effort with a track record of working will reduce the number of prisoners who go back behind bars said Tracy Plouck director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. We know that treatment works and we know that our ability to connect more individuals with treatment means that fewer folks will be coming back to prison Plouck said. Kasichs proposal shifts control of such treatment from the state prisons agency to Ploucks department and boosts the number of staff members involved currently about 120. The result is a significant staff increase Plouck said. The proposal would increase staff numbers by 50 percent or about 60 additional employees said JoEllen Smith a spokesman for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The added employees will also help enhance the ability of prisoners with treatment needs to connect with services once they are released the agencies said. Of Ohios approximately 50000 prisoners one in eight has a history of addiction and nearly six of every 10 have considerable or moderate treatment needs Plouck said. Yet only about 4500 currently get such treatment or less than one in 10. Meanwhile data shows prisoners who receive addiction services while incarcerated have a 10 percent recidivism rate compared with an overall rate of 27 percent for the general population Plouck said. Under the proposal $12.5 million that the Ohio prisons agency spends annually on addiction services shifts to the addictions services department. According to a recent survey conducted by the American Psychological Association Americans are more concerned about their financial situations than they are about their jobs. While 60% of Americans ranked work as their top stressor 64% chose money. The study conducted in August 2014 found that a large majority of Americans (72%) reported feeling stressed about money at least some of the time in the past month. And well over half of Americans (64%) consider money a somewhat or significant source of stress in their lives. This applies especially to parents Millennials and Gen Xers three-quarters of whom agreed that money is a stressor in their life. The graph below shows how Americans have ranked four common sources of stress from 2007-2014. You will notice money has been the most stressful factor since 2008 although significantly less so since the U.S. started to recover from the Recession.