This list of frequently asked questions was originally prepared by the law firm of Fisher Phillips in 2005, in response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. It has been updated several times over the course of the past 12 years, most recently in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey striking Texas and Louisiana in August 2017, and in anticipation of Hurricane Irma striking Florida in September 2017.
This article addresses many employment-related issues facing employers in the wake of hurricane-related disasters; consequently, in addition to federal laws, we also focus on certain state laws, especially those in the Gulf Coast area. Nevertheless, the information here is of more widespread applicability than just the 2017 hurricanes, and may be helpful following any unexpected natural catastrophe.
As with any brief summary of complex issues, the information provided here is not intended to serve as legal advice, and is no substitute for consultation with an experienced attorney. Most situations are highly fact specific. You should consult with counsel before taking action in any area that could result in legal liability.
For further information, contact your Fisher Phillips attorney.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- MILITARY LEAVE AND EMERGENCY WORKERS
- FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE
- UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION
- WORKPLACE SAFETY ISSUES
- WAGE AND HOUR ISSUES
- RETIREMENT PLANS
- GROUP HEALTH PLAN ADMINISTRATION
- SPECIAL COBRA ISSUES
- HIPAA PRIVACY REQUIREMENTS
- WORKPLACE DONATIONS TO NATURAL DISASTER VICTIMS
- LABOR RELATIONS
- WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
- IMMIGRATION LAW
- PLANT CLOSING LAWS
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