Flu/Pandemic Planning and Response

In the event of an influenza pandemic, employers can play a key role in protecting employees' health and safety as well as in limiting the impact on the economy and society. Human resources and total rewards professionals are often tasked with being involved in or spearheading flu/pandemic planning and response. Effects of influenza pandemics include employee absences, changes in patterns of commerce and interrupted supply and delivery schedules. Proper advance-planning will allow employers to better protect their employees and lessen the impact of a pandemic on their organization and more broadly on their communities.

WorldatWork has compiled a set of resources for HR and total rewards professionals for flu/pandemic planning and response, including:

  • Official U.S. flu/pandemic resources
  • Flu news and resources for businesses

We invite you look over the resources offered on this page to assist you in preparing for an influenza pandemic or similar type of pandemic.

WorldatWork's COVID-19 Quick Poll Results



With uncertainty about the coronavirus (COVID-19) constantly evolving, I would like to share with you our plan for the current challenges and those on the horizon. The health and safety of our members, event attendees, and employees is our highest priority and will guide our ongoing decisions. We are in touch with, and closely monitoring, reports from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and agencies in other countries and states where we hold classes and conferences. We are following, and will continue to follow, the health and safety recommendations of international, federal and state officials 24/7 until the crisis is over. We will take all the necessary precautions to keep our global communities safe and healthy.

Flexible training and education offerings to keep you safe


We have a number of e-learning options to enable learners to continue their education in a safe environment. If you're already scheduled for an in-person class and want to make a change, you have the option to either take it via e-learning or pick a different date up to 24 months from the original date.

In addition, we are providing our Local Networks the option of converting in-person classes to an e-learning environment.

Events

We have re-envisioned the WorldatWork 2020 Total Rewards Conference & Exhibition and transformed it into the WorldatWork 2020 Total Resilience Virtual Conference and Exhibition, a dynamic virtual event spanning nine weeks, each Wednesday, from July 8 – September 2 to address business and people challenges Total Rewards professionals are facing. This extended timeframe will enable us to engage, inspire, network and evolve together as we emerge from this crisis. Together we can make a difference.

Other WorldatWork events news:

  • 2020 Spotlight on Sales Compensation – as of right now, we are moving forward with the in-person event as scheduled on August 3-5 in Chicago, with a brand-new virtual option. More to come shortly.
  • 2020 Total Rewards Canadian Conference is now the 2020 Total Rewards Canadian Virtual Conference, taking place September 24-25, which is the same time frame as the original in-person conference.
  • 2020 Executive Compensation Forum and 2020 Workplace Equity Forum – these conferences will resume next year. However, we are thrilled to feature sessions focusing on workplace equity and executive compensation in our new Total Resilience Virtual Conference & Exhibition and we’d love for you to attend.
  • Dianne Auld’s Advanced Excel Skills for Compensation Professionals course – we are exploring options for a possible transition to a virtual format. Stay tuned for updates coming soon.

Courses

All of our scheduled virtual courses are continuing and for any face-to-face class or program, our teams are evaluating on an ongoing basis based on their timing and clearances from the proper authorities. We are hopeful that the current climate will improve shortly, but to provide peace of mind we are offering significant flexibility for you to help ease any of the stress associated with registration of future classes or events. Please contact customerrelations@worldatwork.org for more information about how we can best assist you.

Online, Proctored Exams Now Available

Starting this May, obtaining your certification just got easier with our new online, proctored exams! This new testing format allows you to take your exams right from the comfort and convenience of home.

Pearson Vue Testing Centers

Pearson VUE testing centers are currently closed to support social distancing practices. If you have purchased a WorldatWork exam between November 20, 2019 - March 2, 2020, and were planning to take it at a Pearson VUE center soon, know that we are working to extend your window of opportunity to do so. Instead of your typical 120-day testing window, we've extended exams that were purchased but not yet completed to expire on 7/1/2020.

We will provide updates often and make decisions based on evolving developments, including the United States' national emergency declaration, to ensure we keep our WorldatWork community safe. I would like to personally thank you for your courage during this crisis, and for your ongoing support. It is my sincere hope that you, your family, and coworkers remain healthy as we pull together to keep one another safe and working to build a strong future for the world that works.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Warm Regards,
Scott Cawood
President & CEO

Resources

WorldatWork Resources

WorldatWork Resources

Employer Approach to Teleworking a Mixed Bag Across the Globe
June 3, 2020
Employers Have Responded Well to Employees’ Needs During Pandemic
June 3, 2020
Report: Employee Confidence Has Stabilized
June 2, 2020
Most Organizations Plan to Return to Work by End of Summer
June 2, 2020
Companies Assisting to Feed the Hungry During COVID-19
May 29, 2020
Two Hearts that Beat as One: Sustainability and Disruption
May 29, 2020
Organizations Forced to Innovate with Summer Internships
May 29, 2020
Returning to the Workplace
May 28, 2020
The Importance of Acknowledging Mental Health Needs
May 27, 2020
Maximizing Productivity During Long-Term Remote Work
May 27, 2020
BEACH Companies Must Relearn How to Attract and Retain Talent
May 27, 2020
Organizations Prepared to Adjust Workplaces in Response to COVID-19
May 26, 2020
Latest Black Swan Event Demands Plan for Workforce Restructuring
May 22, 2020
This Is Not a Drill
May 22, 2020
COVID-19 Is Accelerating Organizations’ Investment in Technology
May 21, 2020
COVID-19 Return to Work: Wage & Hour Claims for Loss of Exempt Classification
May 21, 2020
Tips for Leaders of Remote Teams in Times of Crisis
May 20, 2020
DOL Broadens Overtime Rule for Commissioned Retail and Service Workers
May 20, 2020
CDC Provides Guidance for Reopening Businesses
May 20, 2020
Recent IRS Guidance Allows Employers Health-Care Flexibility, Retention Credit
May 19, 2020
What the World at Work Needs Now: A Spark of Momentum
May 15, 2020
Tech Companies Stand at the Forefront of ‘No Layoff’ Pledges
May 15, 2020
Five Ways COVID-19 Will Forever Change Work
May 15, 2020
Sales Compensation Reset: Best Revenue Recovery Solutions
May 14, 2020
COVID-19 Business Survival: Compensation Management Tools Are Key
May 14, 2020
Employers Should Prioritize Employee Well-Being During COVID-19
May 13, 2020
What HR Leaders Can Do Now to Prepare for a Post-COVID-19 World
May 13, 2020
Organizations Easing Employee Access to 401(k) Funds
May 12, 2020
The Perfect Trifecta: People, Planet and Profit
May 8, 2020
Employers Are Doing Their Best to Avoid Layoffs
May 8, 2020
COVID-19 Is Forcing Reskilling to Occur in Real Time
May 8, 2020
U.S. Economy Loses a Record 20.5 Million Jobs in April
May 8, 2020
EEOC Delays EEO Data Collections Due to COVID-19
May 7, 2020
Managing Virtual Employee Engagement During Crisis
May 6. 2020
A Successful Workplace Is Powered by a Strong Employee Experience
May 6, 2020
Rewards Strategies for Uncertain Times
May 5, 2020
Keeping Morale and Engagement Going as Work Goes Remote
May 5, 2020
Diving into Your Discomfort, Discourse and Divergence
May 1, 2020
Visa CEO Promises No COVID-19-Related Layoffs in 2020
May 1, 2020
Considerations for Tough Human Capital Decisions During COVID-19
April 30, 2020
COVID-19 Could Redefine Employee Engagement
April 30, 2020
Remote Work Policies Expected to Remain in Place Beyond COVID-19
April 29, 2020
Employers’ Play a Crucial Role in Easing Employee Retirement Concerns
April 28, 2020
Canada Tweaking Workers’ Compensation System in Response to COVID-19
April 27, 2020
The Difference of Different: Time to Double Down on D&I, Workplace Equity
April 24, 2020
Inside Marsh & McLennan’s Quick “No Layoffs” Response
April 24, 2020
Remote Work, Talent Sharing Could Expand Beyond COVID-19
April 24, 2020
Many Companies Still Moving Forward with Director Pay Plans
April 23, 2020
Sales Leaders Attempting to Save the Salesforce During COVID-19
April 23, 2020
Caregiving Benefits Come into Focus for Employers
April 22, 2020
Navigating Through Benefits Decisions in a COVID-19 World
April 22, 2020
COVID-19 Shakeup: Organizations Adjusting Sales Strategy
April 21, 2020
Proxy Advisors Issue Updated Guidelines Related to COVID-19 Fallout
April 17, 2020
Boom! Intrapreneurship and the Next Wrapping Paper
April 17, 2020
Responsible Executive Compensation During Times of Crisis
April 16, 2020
Experts Share Insights on the Best Rewards and Benefits Actions to Take During the Pandemic
April 16, 2020
Employers Attempting to Protect Employee Health and Well-Being During COVID-19
April 15, 2020
Staffing Firm Aquent Providing Paid Sick Leave to Gig Workers
April 15, 2020
UK Suspends Pay Data Reporting Amid COVID-19 Concerns
April 14, 2020
The Many Benefits of Keeping the World at Work
By Scott Cawood, WorldatWork (April 10, 2020)
Organizations Mitigating Impact to the Workforce Because of COVID-19
COVID-19 Employer Response Survey (April 9, 2020)
How to Be a Successful and Persuasive Communicator While Working Remotely
April 8, 2020
Pay Equity and Pandemics
April 9, 2020
The Stark Reality of Workforce Reductions Amid COVID-19
WorldatWork COVID-19 Quick Poll Results (Last updated April 27, 2020)
#KeepTheWorldatWork: Shining the Light on Employers Protecting Jobs
April 6, 2020
Compensation in Crisis: Practical Measures Organizations Can Take to Ensure Stability Amid COVID-19
April 6, 2020
Finding a Path Forward: Radical Care for Radical Moments
By Scott Cawood, WorldatWork (April 3, 2020)
What Employers Are Doing to Contend with COVID-19 — April 3
April 3, 2020
Quick Poll Results: How Organizations Are Handling Rewards and Hazard Pay Decisions in a COVID-19 World
April 3, 2020
COVID-19: Sales Departments Seek to Protect Sellers’ Incentive Pay
April 2, 2020
Coronavirus Could Transform the World of Work. Are Businesses Ready?
April 1, 2020
What Employers Need to Know About the COVID-19 Federal Paid Leave Acts
April 1, 2020
Engaging a Remote Workforce: What You Need to Know
March 31, 2020
Health Benefit Costs for U.S. Employers Likely to Significantly Increase
March 31, 2020
Triggers for Adaptive Leaders to Avoid
By Scott Cawood, WorldatWork (March 27, 2020)
What Employers Are Doing to Contend with COVID-19 - March 27
March 27, 2020
Pandemic Planning & Response Checklist: 7 Steps to Risk Assessment and Preparedness
March 26, 2020
Fit for Duty: ADA, FMLA and Discrimination Disputes in a COVID-19 World
March 25, 2020
Many Employers Have Moved to a Telework-Only Model
March 25, 2020
Organizations Are Tracking How COVID-19 Could Impact Exec Pay Practices
March 24, 2020
Most Organizations Planning to Pay Hourly Workers Infected with COVID-19
March 23, 2020
Reimagining the World at Work
By Scott Cawood, WorldatWork (March 20, 2020)
Weekly Roundup: What Employers Are Doing to Contend with COVID-19
March 20, 2020
Large Employers Broadening Support for Employees Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
March 20, 2020
U.S. Government Provides Exception for Remote I-9 Document Review
March 20, 2020
Senate Passes Coronavirus Package that Includes Paid Leave Mandate
March 18, 2020
Benefits Insider: Coronavirus Update
American Benefits Council (March 18, 2020)
IRS to Provide Temporary Relief for HDHPs Covering COVID-19 Health Services
March 18, 2020
COVID-19: Should You Protect Sellers' Pay?
March 18, 2020
How the Coronavirus Is Forcing Organizations to Better Prepare for the Future
March 16, 2020
What Employers Are Doing to Contend with COVID-19
March 13, 2020
Business Not as Usual: Time to Re-Evaluate Your Comp and Benefits Policies
March 12, 2020
Turbulent Times: Purpose, Certainty and Sustainability During COVID-19
March 9, 2020
A 10-Step Approach for Organizations Responding to Coronavirus
March 4, 2020
Multinational Employers and the Coronavirus Outbreak: What to Do
February 7, 2020
Protecting Your Most Important Asset During Disaster: Your Employees
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Pandemic Flu Guide for Individuals and Families
Business Continuity Planning for Illness Outbreak or Epidemic
Business Continuity Planning for Natural and Man-Made Disasters
Telework
White Paper
Business Continuity Planning During Flu Season
White Paper

External Resources

External Resources

AARP
How to Support Employees Who Are Caring for Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic
ADP
Employer Preparedness Toolkit – Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Alight
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (Cares) Act: Understanding the Impact for U.S. Employers
American Benefits Council
Summary of Health Care and Leave-related Provisions in Coronavirus Response Legislation
Aon
Considerations for Your Total Rewards Strategy in Response to COVID-19
Baker McKenzie
COVID-19 Global Employer Guide
beqom
How to adapt Strategy, Motivate Performance, and Optimize Comp Spend through Periods of Change
Bright Horizons
Webinar: Understand why employers can’t ignore the child care shortage
Buck
COVID-19: Key Considerations for Employers
ClearBridge Compensation Group
Compensation Impact of Stimulus Bill
Compensation Advisory Partners (CAP)
COVID-19 Resource Center
Deloitte
Workforce strategies for post COVID-19 recovery The bridge from responding to the crisis to preparing to thrive in a new normal
Economic Research Institute
Whitepaper: Coronavirus Compensation Survey Results
Empsight
Spot Survey of COVID-19 Compensation & Benefits Practices
EY
Structured Crisis Management, Enterprise Resilience and Planning for Recovery
Fisher Phillips
Comprehensive and Updated FAQs for Employers on the COVID-19 Coronavirus
Freelance Total Rewards Pte Ltd
Impact of COVID-19 on Rewards, Policies & Practices (Asia)
Gallagher
COVID-19 Compliance Guidebook -Employer Guide to Compliance Concerns Associated with COVID-19
Gartner
Lead Your Employees Through the Emotional Side of COVID-19
Humana
Video: Managing a work at Home Team During COVID-19
i4CP
Next Practices in Holistic Well-Being: The Performance Advantage
Kaiser Family Foundation
State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus
Korn Ferry
Rewards & Benefits – Global COVID-19 Survey Report
Littler
CARES Act: Implications for Employers
Mayer Brown
Managing HR Through COVID-19 A Practical Guide for Multinational Employers
Mercer
Coronavirus Resources
Milliman
What does the outbreak of the coronavirus mean for healthcare, retirement, and insurance?
Pay Governance: Advisory Services to Compensation Committees
Article: "Everything Should Be on the Table"
Pearl Meyer
How Are Boards Responding to COVID-19?
PwC
CARES Act: Implications for Travel, Transportation and Hospitality Companies
SalesGlobe
COVID-19 Rapid Response for Sales Organizations
Semler Brossy
A Resource for Boards and Executives - Coronavirus and Executive Compensation
Seyfarth
Resources and insights on what's next as the US economy reopens
Shearman & Sterling
COVID-19 Resource Center
Snell & Wilmer
COVID-19 Resources
Thomas
COVID-19 Resource Hub
Virgin Pulse
Work from Home Employee Engagement Playbook
Willis Towers Watson
Quick access to all of Willis Towers Watson's Coverage of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Insights and Research.
Workhuman
Thank you to Healthcare providers
Zenefits
COVID-19: A Checklist for Returning to Work

Have Questions?

Phone

+1 877 951 9191

USA and Canada

+1 480 951 9191

Other Countries

Online

Email Us