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Don’t defy government emergency warnings

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During this year's fierce hurricane season, several Florida businesses courted legal trouble by requiring employees to report to work in the midst of hurricane warnings. The risk: Employees can file civil lawsuits under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act for being forced to work in unsafe conditions. Best bet: Don't jeopardize safety to stay open. Follow state and local weather mandates and government advisories. Check your state labor law to develop your policy.

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