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Disaster averted: Make emergency preparedness part of your job

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emergency preparedness checklistWhen Hurricane Sandy roared up the East Coast in October, it brought immense destruction to heavily populated areas. Similarly, the June 2012 derecho storm that tore through the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic produced destructive winds and at least one tornado. People in the Midwest and the South are still dealing with prolonged drought.

All brought business to at least a temporary standstill. Employers must be prepared for a variety of disaster scenarios. And while they focus on getting up and running again, they must still comply with federal em­­ploy­­ment laws.

THE LAW: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets strict wage-and-hour requirements for paying employees—regardless of how high the water rises. Floods and other natural disasters may bring allergens and pollutants to the workplace, triggering possible ADA accommodations. Employees may need time off under the FMLA.

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