My employees and I have been told to keep bags packed with two weeks worth of clothes/supplies in case our medical care facility which houses individuals for short term rehab and for long term care (nursing home) goes into lock down. They have stated that if we leave work when the building goes into lock down it would be considered abandonment and we would lose our job and possibly our license. I am a speech-language therapist so this applies to all therapists, nurses, and nursing aids. Not sure if it would apply to management and administration.
This is an employee / employment law question. I've changed the category so someone who practices in that area can find this and perhaps provide an answer.
I am licensed to practice in Michigan, however, my answer is offered for general information only, and does not create an attorney/client relationship, and is not 'legal advice'. If you need legal help, you should seek local licensed legal representation to insure you receive real legal advice!
While there are certainly trying times, it will be hard to state whether these terms are going to be considered legal for an At will employee. If you are in a Union, certainly not. You can make the decision and it may end up in court someday. There are no current laws dealing with this, so new laws may be written. Stay tuned and do what’s best for you. Unfortunately I can’t give a valid answer here.
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