This article was printed
in the September 30, 2005 edition of the
By Charley Hannagan, Staff writer
Labor lawyer Peter D.
Carmen received phone calls from three clients shortly
after the pictures of hurricane devastation flashed on
Some people told this
employers they wanted to journey South to comfort
victims and clean up after the storms. Can we let
them go, the three companies asked Carmen, a partner
with the Mackenzie Hughes law firm.
Hurricanes - and other
natural disasters, such as ice storms - pose sticky
problems for employers.
Must employers provide
time off to someone who wants to work in relief efforts?
Who pays the hospital bill if a worker is injured during
those efforts? Does soliciting donations for
relief agencies open the door to other groups seeking
access to the workplace?