Superstorm Sandy ravaged much of the Northeast, reinforcing for all of us the fragility of life and the importance of family and friends. Fundamental things like shelter, heat, food, water and gas evaporated overnight. Having “stuff” just didn’t seem to matter anymore.
Getting to work was difficult, if not impossible, for many. And, businesses large and small were significantly impacted by water or wind damage, as well as loss of power, systems, and Internet service. We were a society scrambling at home and at work.
All at once, employers were dealt a hand-full of employment issues that ranged from wage & hour questions to employee leaves and how to call-in essential employees for business continuity purposes. Our recent Alert, “Taking Care of Business When Hurricanes, Storms and Natural Disasters Hit,” addresses some of the issues that frequently arise during these devastating events.