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Sick Employee Policy

Make sure your employees know that the Wisconsin Food Code requires them to inform the manager on duty if they are ill with certain types of symptoms or illnesses.

You should post this sign (below) at your restaurant and give a copy to each employee a copy of the notice to inform them of this important Food Code requirement.

If an employee has vomiting or diarrhea, they cannot return to work until 48 hours after the symptoms have ceased.

Sick Employee Poster (PDF)




Norovirus Outbreaks on the Increase

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has seen a noticeable increase in norovirus gastroenteritis cases throughout the state. Norovirus (previously known as Norwalk-like virus) is a group of viruses that causes acute intestinal illnesses in humans.

What is Norovirus?

  • Norovirus is highly contagious and easily spread from person to person. Norovirus is primarily found in the feces and vomit of infected people.
  • Like hepatitis A, it is commonly associated with ready-to-eat food that has been contaminated by an infected restaurant employee (by direct contact, person to person, or cross-contamination of equipment).
  • Consuming even small amounts of the virus can lead to illness and people become contagious within a few hours of eating contaminated food.
  • Most common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and abdominal cramps.

Questions? Need more advice? Contact WRA at 800.589.3211.