Hurricane Sandy shuttered or disrupted operations for thousands of businesses on the East Coast, and that’s already hit workers’ wallets.
Some companies continued to pay workers, while others decided it didn’t make economic sense, and still other employers are pondering what to do. The Wall Street Journal calls this the “Disaster Dilemma” in an article published today.
This from the piece:
Companies largely excused worker absences immediately after the storm, which left millions without power and tens of thousands temporarily homeless. But as businesses around the region return to normal, managers are grappling with how much, and how long, to pay employees who cannot make it in to work.
Clearly, companies are going to make decisions based on their own financial situations, and also based on their ethics, but employees should know what the law says in these cases before just accepting what bosses decide. Not everyone is going to follow the law, and some employers are just ignorant about it.