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Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a rare condition that occurs in daily, long-term users of marijuana and results in repeated and severe bouts of vomiting. While it’s not contagious, it’s often so severe that people seek emergency medical attention, so it’s not likely that the employee will be able to work through those symptoms. If your employee is regularly unable to work due to this condition, which stops when people stop using marijuana, it might be time to consult your HR and legal teams, as your workplace drug and alcohol and absence policies may come into play.
Yes, especially if they work in a food service setting. Some people have non-infectious conditions that cause them to have regular vomiting or diarrhea, and with the same proper hand hygiene required of all employees can safely work in any business, even food handling. But employees themselves aren’t able to make that call - they need a medical professional to see them and review their symptoms. Specifically, we recommend requiring a note that clears them to work in a foodservice setting, if applicable for their role, since that prompts doctors to take a closer look at any GI symptoms before signing off on a note.
There have been repeated instances of human illness after contact with animals at agricultural fairs. Everything from bird flu, swine flu, and E. coli have been passed from animals to humans at county fairs and petting zoos in the US, with so many cases in Tennessee right now that it’s hard to keep the different outbreaks straight. Employees don’t need to skip the fair, but they do need to take extra precautions. Wash your hands immediately after touching farm animals or anything in their exhibit; don’t eat or drink in the animal exhibits (save it for outside); leave your kids’ strollers and toys outside and keep a close eye on kids near the animals to stop little hands from going straight to their mouths - and be sure to wash their hands immediately after, too. With those basic measures, your employees should be set to enjoy the fair safely!
We found this an interesting read, though in our experience, fewer people may actually be abusing sick days. This issue is doubly complicated in the restaurant industry, where employees working sick cause nearly half of all foodborne illness outbreaks.