- Pizza Hut has rebuked a manager's message to employees about their required attendance at work as Hurricane Irma approached, according to Fortune. The message, which purported to remind employees of a policy limiting their time off before a storm, went viral after an employee shared it online.
- The corporate office responded, stating that "[w]e absolutely do not have a policy that dictates when team members can leave or return from a disaster, and the manager who posted this letter did not follow company guidelines. We can also confirm that the local franchise operator has addressed this situation with the manager involved."
- Hurricanes Harvey and Irma should remind employers to draft a natural disaster plan, law firm Polsinelli PC wrote in the National Law Review.
While the Pizza Hut manager may have been following a policy, the notice drew public attention especially because the area was seemingly subject to a mandatory evacuation.
To avoid such issues, employers may want to draft a broad disaster preparedness plan. These plans can establish an emergency notification system, which determines how employers will communicate disasters internally and externally; a chain of command, which sets up a managerial hierarchy to oversee a disaster; and an evacuation plan with escape routes to get everyone in the organization to safety.