Your Guide to the Workplace Implications of Hurricane Sandy

By Eric B. Meyer

I’m punching out this post on Sunday night, from my home in Philadelphia, before the brunt of Hurricane Sandy strikes.

Like many of you, I’m locked, stocked, and ready to go, hoping that the impact is far less than is forecast and that the recovery and aftermath is easy.

Inevitably, however, for you good folks — especially if you have closed shop on Monday, employment issues are sure to arise. To help you out with some of them, read on …

Resources for workplace disaster information

Do you have exempt employees? Non-exempt employees? You have employees, right?

Kara M. Maciel at the Wage and Hour Defense Blog breaks down the wage-and-hour implications for employers resulting from Hurricane Sandy. Jonathan Segal too has some wage-and-hour tips here. And the U.S. Department of Labor has a fact sheet that employers should be sure to review.

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In addition to its FLSA fact sheet, the Department of Labor also has an OSHA Flood Preparedness and Recovery resource. Jeff Nowak at FMLA Insights discusses FMLA eligibility in the midst of a natural disaster. And SHRM has this article, which basically hits all of the other employment-law issues that arise from a natural disaster.

Plus, the lawyers over at Fisher and Phillips have a solid FAQ relating to natural disasters.

Hope these resources prove helpful. For now, stay dry and, above all, stay safe.

This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.

You know that scientist in the action movie who has all the right answers if only the government would just pay attention? Eric B. Meyer, Esq. gets companies HR-compliant before the action sequence. Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, which is the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world, with approximately 210 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook (, which is pretty much the best employment law blog ever. That, and he's been quoted in the British tabloids. #Bucketlist.