THE LAW: A major focus of emergency planning concerns how to help people with disabilities. However, employers must remember that federal laws may restrict what employers can do in emergencies.
Most notably, the ADA governs what questions employers may ask in preparing for emergencies. The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to keep exits clearly marked and free of obstacles and trip hazards. Themay also apply.
WHAT’S NEW: Through the first eight months of 2011, nine different natural disasters forced businesses somewhere in the country to close. The total damage to the economy: an estimated $55 billion.
In response, the National Council on Disability (NCD) has published Effective Emergency Management: Making Improvements for Communities and People with Disabilities.
The report contains valuable information to help employers plan for emergencies.
It’s a preparedness blueprint for employers se...(register to read more)