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Inclement Weather Policies

The recent hurricane in Texas and the impending hurricane (hurricanes?) in Florida highlight the need to maintain a current, documented, and widely distributed policy covering a variety of inclement weather situations.

Some questions your policy should address or consider:

  • Does or should your policy tie to an external actor or event to mandate closure (e.g., closing when local municipal schools are closed)?
  • Who at your organization makes the call to close?
  • How much time is reasonable to make a call before the start of a shift, or the start of business?
  • How is the message communicated to employees, and are there any potential weaknesses in that communication chain?
  • Will you make special accommodations for employees who cannot make it in to work due to inclement weather?
  • Will you pay employees or allow them to use vacation time when your organization decides to close?

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