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When Weather Affects Your Business and Employees

Raise your hand if your business has not been disrupted by the weather in 2011.

In the past two months, large parts of the Southeast and Midwest have been reeling from record numbers of devastating tornadoes; the West Coast had tsunami warnings following the earthquake in Japan; and the Mississippi River and its tributaries have reached record levels, flooding thousands of acres and countless homes and businesses. That’s following a winter in which snow was on the ground in 49 states at the same time.

And next week, June 1, is the start of hurricane season in the Atlantic, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center forecasts will be an above-normal season. In other words, keep your hands inside the car and your seat belts fastened. This ride isn’t over.

In addition to the immediate issues of employee safety and business continuity, there is a blizzard of issues human resources must deal with when bad weather strikes. Even if your organization has been only mildly affected by this year’s weather challenges, it has probably made you revisit some of your policies and plans.

This week, we thought we’d round up a pile of resources to help you make sure you and your organization are prepared to respond to HR issues before, during, and after the storm.

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