What job protected leaves might apply to a natural disaster?
Employee leave for a natural disaster may qualify under FMLA (50+ employees) if the disaster results in or exacerbates a serious health condition for an employee or their family member with a serious health condition. In this case, the employer must provide relevant notifications and offer job protected leave.
An employee called up for military or national guard service would also be entitled to job protected leave. Employees with disabilities may also need an accommodation in order to complete essential functions of the job. Other leave protections may also apply, such as leave for employees to act as emergency first responders, participate in the civil air patrol, or other state specific leaves.
Other Frequently Asked HR Questions During an Emergency:
- What is the standard for paying an employee after a natural disaster?
- Our business is temporarily closed due to inclement weather. We do have some employees that offered to work from home until the business can re-open. Can we offer this?
- Our company wants to set up a way for their coworkers to donate vacation time to an employee who was greatly affected by this natural disaster. Is this permissible?
- When a business closes due to a nature disaster, is unemployment available to the employees?