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HarborOne CU flu strategy cancels holiday party
BROCKTON, Mass. (10/16/09)--In preparation for a possible H1N1, or swine flu epidemic, Brockton, Mass.-based HarborOne CU has canceled its annual holiday party and is instead providing $25 gift cards to employees. “We realized that in December [when the pandemic could hit], we’re going to put 400 people together in a room, and that’s conflicting with things we’re telling people [about swine flu],” said Patricia Williams, HarborOne CU vice president of human resources. The credit union is reminding employees to wash their hands and has provided hand sanitizers. Williams told News Now that she hadn’t received any complaints about the cancellation of the party. “I think people are feeling our concern,” she said. HarborOne has already booked its holiday party for 2010. The credit union has been preparing for a flu pandemic for several months. It recently offered and paid for flu shots for employees. Flu shot participation was up 70%, Williams said. The credit union has offered shots for 10 years. HarborOne also is offering screenings for employees so that they can receive Tamiflu, a drug used to treat swine flu, on prescription. The credit union realized that it may not have access to the flu vaccine, so it is paying for employees to be screened. Employees’ family members also can receive the screenings and medication at a reduced cost. The screenings are being handled by an outside healthcare company, Williams said. No employees have reported being sick with swine flu, but there are several cases in the area, Williams said. HarborOne has $1.7 billion in assets.


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