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Severe weather and emergency policy
- Originally Published:
- Jan 2019
This policy offers guidelines for responding to severe weather events and other emergencies. It covers the ramifications of closing the company, what steps to follow if the company is open but staff can’t get to work, how to notify staff of current developments, and how to pay personnel during these situations.
From the policy:
Severe weather conditions or other unexpected events that infringe upon or prevent normal business operations or place personnel in jeopardy will be the basis of decisions involving the closing of one or more company locations. Senior management will be responsible for determining whether to close the facility (or facilities) during the following situations:
- Chemical spills, gas leaks, or downed power lines
- Dangerous activities (terrorist attacks, shootings, etc.)
- Power outage
- Snow storm or ice storm
- Any other threat or situation not listed that may render the company incapable of normal operations or that places staff at risk
If one of the above conditions occurs nearby but not in direct proximity to the company, senior management will decide whether the company remains open. If the decision is made to continue normal business operations, note that employees living in the affected areas (or who must commute through these regions) may be affected. Employees should always be encouraged to do what makes them feel safest in these scenarios, whether remaining at home or at work until the situation has resolved, but their decisions could affect their pay.
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