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Master compliance challenges that follow natural disasters

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In September 2017, Hurricane Irma cut a path of destruction across the Caribbean before churning up Florida’s Gulf Coast. At one point the storm was a category 5 hurricane packing the highest wind speeds ever recorded.

Hurricanes Jose and Maria followed within the same month. The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico sustained damage from multiple storms. This is only the second time since records began being kept that two category 5 storms made landfall in a single hurricane season.

THE LAW Unless planned and executed properly, employers’ emergency procedures may run afoul of many federal, state and local employment laws.

Employers must know how disrupted schedules affect pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act and similar state wage-and-hour laws.

Injured or traumatized employees may need time off under the FMLA. If disabled, they may need accommodations under the ADA.

Should company facilities be damaged so badly th...(register to read more)

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