David Barron, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discussed with Law360 how employers can plan ahead with natural disasters coming. He noted that a big issue that confronts employers is simply making payroll, which is required regardless of any impediments caused by severe weather. Barron said many states also have requirements on how often people must be paid. He also pointed out that large companies with headquarters in a disaster zone could experience network failures that could affect the pay of workers in other areas if employers don’t plan for that possibility. “You can’t just say, ‘Well, our computers got taken out by the hurricane, so you can’t get paid.’ That’s not acceptable,” Barron said. “So there needs to be some sort of game plan for making sure people get paid and you can meet payroll.”
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