Salary Policy on Natural Disasters ('Acts of Nature')

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Salary Policy on Natural Disasters ('Acts of Nature')
Shruti Misra, CEO, India

Dear All, I recently joined a non-profit organization, which deals in animal welfare. I am responsible for re-framing HR & Compliances policies as per current corporate benchmarks.
The organization deals mainly in project-based work assignments in different regions.
My question to the community is:
In cases of natural disasters, should there be a policy on limiting the amount of salary of contractual employees in disaster-affected areas, wherein the work has suffered?
Ethically, this should not be the case. However, if the work has suffered and because the funds are mostly based on the work associated with the project, how legal / illegal this stance seems?
The current scenario in reference is pertaining to the floods through heavy rainfall in northern part of India.
However, this case is not limited to only India, but is valid for SAARC countries in general.
Will look forward for your esteemed guidance and response.

Salary of Contract Workers in Disaster Affected Areas
Mohun Aujayeb, HR Consultant, Mauritius
The payment of salaries to workers in disaster affected areas should depend on: the expertise offered, the hours of work put in, the urgency, the risks involved and the like. Limited pay package is not motivating.

Pay in Emergency Situations
David Wilson, Manager, Canada
In Canada, we are required to pay non-management employees who work during emergencies or disasters. A number of organizations will also pay managers who work during disasters or emergencies, including strikes by employees. Employees may also get added pay during these emergencies, especially if they are working outside their normal working hours. I would also suggest that you check the labour or employment standards and legislation in the different countries.

Pay for all Firefighters in Alberta, Canada
David Wilson, Manager, Canada
The provincial government made the decision to pay all firefighters from different countries on the basis of their current legislation. The issue was raised by firefighters from South Africa, who were hired by an independent company. Employees need to fully understand their pay and benefits to ensure they know what their total compensation will be and to determine if it is fair in the local market.


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