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What Are Employers’ Responsibilities during A Disaster?

Do employees have to be paid while a business is shut down? What about vacation or sick time? A Houston employment lawyer provides answers.

Aaron Holt specialized in labor and employment law at Cozen O'Connor in Houston.
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Aaron Holt specializes in labor and employment law at Cozen O’Connor in Houston.


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Hurricane Florence is expected to shut down parts of the East Coast for days.

It's something people in the Houston area are too familiar with after Harvey last year.

Aside from the impact on lives and property, natural disasters affect employment.

To learn more about how employers are expected to deal with employees who are affected by a hurricane or other disaster, we spoke with Aaron Holt, an employment law attorney at law firm Cozen O'Connor in Houston.