Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma serve as a reminder that employers have some legal obligations to employees during natural disasters. Employers should have a plan in place when preparing for a natural disaster, such as an inclement weather policy, a communications plan and a crisis management plan, and should be mindful of the below tips when creating a crisis management plan to avoid employment-related lawsuits and/or agency action after a disaster. Employee SafetyEmployers must exercise caution if asking employees to assist with preparing for and cleaning up after a natural disaster. Employers are responsible for the safety and health of their workers and for providing a safe and healthy workplace, which includes protecting workers from anticipated hazards associated with preparing for and cleaning up after a natural disaster. Employees who lack the proper training to perform such work face significant risk and may fail to heed necessary precautions when assessing or cleaning up damage to the workplace. Alternatively, employers may do well to consider contracting with a professional disaster recovery service to minimize risk to employees post-disaster. Employers should review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) guidance for handling hazardous conditions before a natural disaster strikes and incorporate that guidance into… Read full this story
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