Crisis Management

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    The bombings on Patriots' Day in Boston sent much of the city into a tailspin. Our hearts go out to those who were injured and the families of the three people killed in the tragedy. We were moved at how the business community and the public as a whole rallied around the injured both in the immediate aftermath and in the weeks afterward when...
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    The tragic tornado in Granbury and the devastating twisters near Oklahoma City sadly illuminate an issue we hope will never occur but need to be prepared for—namely, being prepared for a disaster. Bad weather isn't limited to tornadoes; earthquakes, massive thunderstorms, and tsunamis are also a threat. And we've just entered hurricane...
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    Federal and state job safety laws require employers to make reasonable efforts to provide a safe workplace. That duty may include steps to reduce the risk of violence. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as some state agencies have issued guidelines for health care operations, night retail establishments, and...

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    We live in a world where natural disasters, accidents, acts of terrorism, violence inside and outside the workplace, and technology- related malfunctions are all genuine concerns. In this day and age, there's no excuse for not preparing your employees for a potential disaster. As the East Coast continues to recover from the devastation of...
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    Delaware was largely spared by Superstorm Sandy. Still, most Delaware businesses and schools were shut down for two days. Business isn't yet back to normal for many of our neighbors to the north in New Jersey and New York. Now is a good time to make sure your business has a plan to handle a similar crisis—whether its effects are fleeting...
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    Hurricane Sandy long will be remembered as one of the most devastating disasters to strike the United States. It wreaked havoc on parts of New York and New Jersey, leaving destruction and heartbreak in its wake. As with many natural disasters, Hurricane Sandy has posed challenges for employers and employees alike as they cope with the storm and...
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    In an article published in the September 2011 issue of Vermont Employment Law Letter, I offered some suggestions to help employers perform an initial audit of their workplace violence prevention efforts, provided an introduction to the use of threat assessment and management (TAM) practices in the workplace, and set the stage for more detailed...
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    Many Delaware residents experienced their first earthquake this summer. On the heels of the earthquake came hurricanes Irene and Lee, which left a path of destruction in the form of flooding and power outages throughout the region. How, as an HR professional, do you advise management to handle these crises - whether they're...
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    Last month, we reviewed how important it is to have a disaster preparedness plan in case a man-made or natural disaster (like the June tornadoes that severely damaged many Massachusetts companies) strikes your workplace. This month, we look at plans you can put in place now that will help you cope during and in the aftermath of a...
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    The recent tornadoes in Joplin, Sedalia, St. Louis, and other Missouri cities and towns, the flooding of the Mississippi, Missouri, and other rivers, and the possibility of additional disasters, from earthquakes to nuclear meltdowns to terrorism to violence in the workplace, should serve as a wake-up call reminding every company to...
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