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Susan M. Heathfield

Need an Inclement Weather and Emergency Policy?

By December 14, 2013

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This time of year, thoughts in organizations turn to making plans about what to do when inclement weather or another emergency strikes. Last year, our East coast colleagues had to deal with this big time this with the strike of the tragedy that was Hurricane Sandy. Here's hoping that the worst emergency that your organization experiences this year is a foot or two of snow - not death and destruction.

Regardless of the emergency situation, employers are better off if they have prepared for any possibilities in advance. Rather than trying to make decisions on the spur of the moment, when key decision makers may be unreachable, why not decide policies and actions in advance? Start now.

I've created three resources that will help you do just that. In my first piece, you'll find the legal rules and my recommended approach to paying employees during an emergency situation. Your employees deserve to know what to expect from their employer in advance so that they can make plans, too.

My second lays out the kinds of decisions employers will need to make. It outlines my rationale for several choices and lays the foundation for my third article, an inclement weather and other emergency policy for your employee handbook. With this trio of resources, you should be able to put together the practices and policies for your organization.

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