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LONDONThe Trades Union Congress has published advice for employers and labor unions on how to prepare workplaces for an outbreak of pandemic influenza.
The London-based TUC advises companies to develop a contingency plan for dealing with an outbreak.
For example, the TUC said employers should develop plans to enable employees to work from home if an outbreak should disrupt transport and schooling, among other things.
The TUC also counsels employers to take advice from the government's Department of Health on how to plan for an outbreak.
The labor union also warned employers that stockpiling anti-viral medication or items such as latex gloves may actually increase the risk to their staff as employees may feel they can come to work, even if they are ill.
The guidance is available at www.tuc.org.uk/extras/fluguidance.pdf