Practical Law Guest Article: Emergency and Business Continuity Planning Checklist

11/04/2013


Employers and their counsel need look no further than the events surrounding Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and, most recently, Hurricane Sandy and the tornadoes in Oklahoma to understand the importance of disaster planning. Not only are there legal considerations an employer must take into account, but there are also numerous logistical issues that arise when an emergency or disaster displaces a workforce.

This article explains how employers can prepare for business continuity in the event of an emergency or disaster. Specifically, it addresses:
• An employer’s duty to protect employees from recognized hazards under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
• Steps for effective emergency planning, including how to implement an emergency action plan.
• Key employment law issues that may arise after a disaster.
• Strategies for a successful business continuity plan, including how to manage a displaced workforce.

Excerpted from Practical Law, November 4, 2013. To view full article, click here (subscription required).

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