Indiana Emergency Closings laws & HR compliance analysis

Indiana Emergency Closings: What you need to know

When a state facility is closed due to emergency conditions, workers at that facility may be assigned to other locations. Affected employees who cannot be reassigned or who cannot work from home will be given paid leave.
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When conditions are not severe enough to close a facility, affected employees may choose to use vacation or personal leave or compensatory time off to cover their absence.
Employees who work during an emergency, such as inclement weather or a power outage, must be paid for those hours.
In Indiana, every county has an appointed emergency manager who assesses specific hazards in an area and contributes to the community’s management of emergency situations. For contact information on your county emergency manager, go to
The state Department of Labor's INSafe program works with employers to establish workplace health and safety emergency programs. go to or call 317-232-2655.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security holds an Emergency Preparedness Week to help businesses prepare for severe weather, earthquakes, and floods, as well as communicable diseases. For more information, go to
Quarantine. Under Indiana law, the state Department of Health may establish a quarantine to suppress or prevent the spread of a communicable disease, including in local jurisdictions (IN Code Sec. 16-9-3-9).
Last reviewed January 2015.

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