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As an employer, you face the very real possibility that, at some time or another, you will hire an employee who has, or will contract, HIV or AIDS. Dealing with the situation poses a number of legal, moral, ethical, and business challenges. One starting point in dealing with this workplace safety issue is a written policy. The attached file contains a sample policy that is designed to address the issue of HIV and AIDS in the workplace and that can be quickly edited and customized for your company. Keep in mind that there are advantages and disadvantages to having a policy and that it is up to you to decide what is best for your business.
The file contains a three-page document in rich text format (RTF) that is suitable for use with most word processing programs used in the Windows environment.
Sample workplace AIDS policy
The sample policy includes sections on the following:
- Definition of HIV
- Purposes of the policy, including protecting legal rights of workers with HIV-related conditions
- Policy provisions, including right to work and education about HIV
- Medical overview of risk, transmission, etc.
- Guidelines to be followed in protecting the physical and emotional health and well-being of all employees and providing reasonable accommodation for employees with HIV-related conditions
Creating a Policy Addressing AIDS