Ahead of a natural disaster like Hurricane Florence, politicians and safety officials tell the public to evacuate early and not wait until conditions get bad. We all know that you can lose your home and your belongings, but politicians never talk about the fact that during a disaster, many people can lose their jobs as well, reports Jobs with Justice's Joel Mendelson. Even when there are mandatory evacuation orders, many businesses insist that employees still show up for work. Many more won’t pay employees for time missed ahead of, during and after a storm. This forces many to make an impossible choice between protecting their lives or protecting their jobs. As our climate changes, we can expect stronger hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters. Now is the time to write new rules to ensure working people can protect themselves and their livelihoods before, during and after big disasters. - AFL-CIO blog
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