Thursday, February 23, 2006

What is a State of Emergency?

According to What is a Gubernatorial State of Emergency? from the Executive Office of Public Safety, “There is a misconception that various restrictions or bans automatically are triggered when there is a Gubernatorial State of Emergency in place. This is not so. The declaration of a State of Emergency does not in itself affect the operation of private enterprise. Travel is not automatically banned; businesses are not automatically closed. Many businesses do have contractual agreements with their employees regarding who does/does not have to report to work when a Gubernatorial State of Emergency is issued.” More details and a sample declaration are available in Massachusetts State of Emergency Procedures from MEMA. Information on other employment issues is available at Mass. Law About Hours and Conditions of Employment.