Kara M. Maciel, contributor to this blog and Member of the Firm at Epstein Becker Green, has released the “HR Guide for Responding to Natural Disasters.” Following is an excerpt:
Natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes have posed unique human resource challenges for employers. While many employers are working around the clock on recovery efforts, other employers find themselves unable to function for extended periods of time because of damage or loss of utilities.
The economic effects of a natural disaster will have long-term consequences on businesses in the region.
Although no one can ever be fully prepared for such natural disasters, it is important to be aware of the federal and state laws that address these situations. This quick go-to guide can be used by employers in navigating through the legal and business implications created by events such as Hurricane Sandy. In addition, the information contained in this guide may be applicable to other disasters, such as fires, flu epidemics, and workplace violence.