After the storm – looking after your employees when natural disasters stop your business
In Australia, natural disasters affect millions of us every year. While it shouldn’t be foremost in anyone’s mind in times of disaster (save that energy for safety and preservation of life as priority 1), it’s a fact – natural disasters impact businesses, and they impact the ability of businesses to support and pay the people who work in them.
Drought occurs about three out of every 10 years in Australia, while heatwaves kill more Australians than any other type of natural disaster. Flooding is historically the costliest disaster, with average losses in Australia estimated at $400 million a year. Natural disasters affect people indiscriminately, but business owners face the extra burden of determining how to manage their business when it can’t operate.
With severe floods recently impacting Northern Queensland, fires in Victoria and Tasmania, heatwaves, and severe sudden storms wreaking havoc, now is the time to understand your rights and obligations as an employer so you can […]