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Zika threat forces employers to keep an eye on business travel

Zika threat forces employers to keep an eye on business travel

With the world on high alert about the Zika virus, employers who require business travel to affected regions are being advised to balance employee concerns about infection with evolving and uncertain information about the virus's effects.

Though Zika seems to present the greatest threat to pregnant women, given the possible link between the virus and microcephaly in newborns — a condition of an abnormally small head — employers must not keep pregnant women or those of childbearing age from traveling, even in a well-intentioned effort to protect them from exposure, as it could trigger gender or pregnancy discrimination claims, said Denise Dadika, a partner in the...

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