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The Uncertainties of Being Asked to Work During a Hurricane

As some people evacuate for Irma, they wonder if leaving town might cost them their jobs.
Source: Henry Romero / Reuters

People who live in the possible paths of Hurricane Irma, which could make landfall on American shores as soon as this weekend, face the difficult decision of whether to stay in place or flee. In addition to weighing the costs of leaving town, many also have to consider whether evacuating could put their job at risk.

Almost as soon as government officials started warning residents of many parts of South Florida to get out of Irma’s path, people on social media on what rights and protections workers have during the storm. One of the most common questions on Reddit and Twitter was whether workers could be fired for not showing up to work because they had left town ahead of the storm.

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