Some employees for the agency were concerned that if they did not come to work in the weather conditions, they could lose their jobs, according to three sources who asked not to be identified.
Some of the employees said
Kelley said nobody was fired and nobody was going to be fired. He said employees were offered hotel rooms that the company paid for, but not all were in walking distance.
He reserved some rooms at
About 10 of 30 employees came to work that day for the company, he said. They ate at
"There were people who did not make it in and there was no punishment and no firings," Kelley said.
One source said he thought it was "unacceptable" that a small advertising agency would force its employees to "risk their lives" to come to work.
If large companies, chain restaurants and other local businesses closed for the sake of employee safety, then he said "a small ad agency should have followed suit."
Failure to Report
to Work law
A law called The Pennsylvania Employees' Failure to Report to Work During a State of Emergency Law states "an employer may not terminate or discipline an employee for failing to report to work due to a closure of roads in the county of the employer's place of business or the county of the employee's residence resulting from a state of emergency declared by the
Kelley said by the time the travel ban went into effect, he had gotten employees rooms at
In addition to a travel ban,
If someone gets hurt, it could be a very significant problem for a company, he said.
"Most companies don't want their employees violating municipal laws," Dyller said. "To the extent that they actually fire people would be a major problem. People could get hurt trying to comply. Having vehicles on the road during a snow emergency blocks efforts to clean up and seems very irresponsible. It could block emergency vehicles."
Hospitals prepare for storm
In anticipation of the storm, arrangements were made at
About 50 people stayed overnight Tuesday, he said. Additionally, the
Some employees were not able to make it in to the hospitals, according to Burda and Venditti, and they are permitted to take the time off with pay in compliance with their benefits.
"Certainly this was an extraordinary event and the hospital is understanding in situations like this," Venditti said. "The last thing we want to do is create an environment where people think if they don't come in, they could lose their jobs and God forbid, get in an accident on the way here. We are in favor of keeping employees safe versus trying to push people to drive when they don't feel safe."
While some businesses stayed open, those that were forced to close Tuesday and again on Wednesday suffered losses.
A company could try to make a claim to recoup losses if it has business interruption insurance but it depends on the language in the policy, said
"It depends on the language in the policy," Shadie said. "The best advice I could give is to give their agent a call who handles their insurance and ask."
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