Hurricane Season has Begun

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas as early as Thursday, September 13. Meteorologists are predicting the Category 4 storm may pack winds up to 130 MPH and bring heavy rains and flooding. In addition to immediate concern for safety and the impact on business operations, employers are likely to have questions — now and in the aftermath of the storm — about how to handle the myriad human resources issues severe weather and other crisis events can create.

Check out the following articles to learn how to prepare for and recover from natural disasters and other emergencies.

Answers to Employment Questions Raised by Inclement Weather

Storm season can be a challenging time for both employees and employers when offices are forced to close due to weather or power outages and employees may find getting to work tough. What should an employer do? Get the answers to common questions about pay, attendance, remote work, and other issues.

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Planning and Preparing for Bad Weather

Closing workplaces because of bad weather and dealing with business operations and employee productivity issues create additional business expenses and require extra management attention. Learn how you can prepare.

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Ask the Experts: Employee Claims to Not Receive Message of Office Closure

A caller to our hotline asked, “If we notify a nonexempt employee of a disaster-related closure via voice mail, text, or email, and they show up saying they never got the message, do we still owe them the half-day pay?” Our experts answer.

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Ask the Experts: Working from Home During Bad Weather

Are you required to allow employees (either exempt or nonexempt) to work from home if you must close the office due to bad weather? Our experts answer.

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Forced Workplace Closures: Preparing for Emergencies (Webinar)

Fires, storms, and flooding can cause unexpected workplace closures across the country. ThinkHR’s chief knowledge officer, Laura Kerekes, tackles the tricky issues raised by unexpected office closures in this 60-minute webinar.

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Your Emergency Preparedness Plan Can Save Your Business and Lives (White Paper)

Your company is responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace from human-caused emergencies, such as crime and violence, as well as hazards caused by natural disasters, outbreaks of disease, and accidents. Learn how to create an emergency preparedness plan in this white paper.

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To all of our readers affected by Hurricane Florence: Stay safe.

About Rachel Sobel

Rachel Sobel recently joined ThinkHR's Knowledge Operations team as a Content Editor. She has more than 25 years of experience as a professional writer, editor, and communications consultant.