Is there a rule you don't have to go to work when there is a serious typhoon?

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@youless (84693)
Guangzhou, China
August 8, 2012 8:57pm CST
A few weeks ago there was a terrible typhoon in my city. Now there is a big typhoon in Shanghai. However, we don't have a rule to protect the workers well yet. Namely you still have to go to work even if there is a big typhoon outside. Whereas in Hong Kong people can stay indoors if there is a typhoon. Is it a similar rule for the workers not to go to work if there is a serious typhoon outdoors?
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@chiyosan (29389)
• Philippines
11 Aug 12
usually it does not mean we do not have work if there is a typhoon. More often we are required to come to qork and only classes are suspended. During the pas three days too we have experienced terrible rainfall.and there was no typhoon but our work was declared by our hr that qork suspension was called into order. it atually depends on th situation... There has got to be serious danger i guess when wprk is being called off.
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@youless (84693)
• Guangzhou, China
13 Aug 12
Since there is no such a rule here, so sometimes we really feel confused whether we should go to work or not in the terrible bad weather.
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
9 Aug 12
well, for us, it is snow. if there is a serious snow storm, we don't go to work. if the schools are closed, then we are generally closed.
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@youless (84693)
• Guangzhou, China
10 Aug 12
If there is an official announcement, then everybody can follow it without hesitation.
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@stanley777 (7173)
• Philippines
9 Aug 12
I guess it's the same typhoon that hit our country a week ago. And because of it's intensity, It's still affecting most part of my country, weathermen calls it south-west monsoon.Heavy rainfall causing floods to low lying areas. In our case, if the streets are flooded there's no transport available, how can the employees report for work. So our government decides if there is work or none.
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@youless (84693)
• Guangzhou, China
10 Aug 12
You know not every boss is reasonable.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
9 Aug 12
Here it all depends on how heavy that typhoon is, then if it is heavy the government issues such suspension of work and classes.
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@youless (84693)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Aug 12
This time the typhoon is terrible.
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@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
9 Aug 12
I don't think there is one in the Philippines. the private sector is doomed in the rule "no work - no pay scheme". If it would we would not have included it anymore in our CBA agreement. We demanded our company approved our proposal of giving emergency leaves to employees during typhoons. And good to know that it was approved during our last CBA negotiation. What it states that "an employee can avail the emergency leave if there is a typhoon signal number 2". It further states that "we could avail the same benefit in case our homes were struck with floods". For item #1, there will be no requirement but for #2, we need to show evidence that indeed our house submerged in flood water. So, my view on the topic, is that "there is no law that grants Filipino Workers to stay home in cases of strong floods". The "NO WORK, NO PAY" should be abolished.
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@youless (84693)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Aug 12
This is also a big problem for most workers in China.
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@asdomencil (4276)
• Philippines
9 Aug 12
Here in our country, employees are not included in suspensions during typhoons only schools have the discretion of being suspended. employees depends on the company and the officials. I think the typhoon hitting your country now is the reason for enhancing the monsson rains here in our country that resulted into floods in most areas of the metro.
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@youless (84693)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Aug 12
I don't know when our government can carry out a rule to protect the workers not to work in the bad weather.
• Philippines
9 Aug 12
I just hope because employees are also human that can get sick because of the bad weather.
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• China
9 Aug 12
Workers in places where there aren't alot of foreigners are generally treated badly. You wouldn't see it in Beijing or rich areas of Shanghai.
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@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
9 Aug 12
Youless, i never heard such rules in my ex-company before. There is a time before, that i didn't go to work due to high tide. The river nearby to my house was flooded until reaching dangerous level. I called my boss to informed and he allowed me to take
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@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
9 Aug 12
emergency off for that day. It is depending on situation and the boss of course. Hope you have a considerate boss as well.
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@youless (84693)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Aug 12
Your boss is very considerate. If he could call you at first and told you not to go to work, it would be better
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
9 Aug 12
No, my boss don't know that my area is affected by flood at that time. Because all the other staffs includes my boss are living in another higher area. But, i am still happy that he accepted it is an emergency leave for me.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
9 Aug 12
Nope we don't have such rule but if things get worse then I am sure the government will ask people to stay at home and I am sure the boss will understand the situation. How can one still go to work at the same time put risk on your life? Anyway keep safe sis.
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@youless (84693)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Aug 12
I hope so.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
9 Aug 12
Yes, boss must understand the situation as when the staff unable to come to work. Of course we should always put safety first in our life. Hope you are fine there, CT.
• Philippines
9 Aug 12
That typhoon currently in your place passed by the Philippines a week ago and aside from the storm itself, it heightened our monsoon rains that flooded cities and several provinces. I work in a government office so we always wait for the announcement for all government offices if we office suspensions or not. For private offices it usually depends on the management. But the government can also use their police power to announce suspension for private firms (however, this is seldom used). I hope everything goes well there and may the typhoon pass quickly with less casualties.
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• Canada
30 Aug 12
We don't have typhoons in Canada. They have floods in parts of the United Staes, and forest fires in areas of North America (Canada and the USA) and all of Canada and most of the United States gets snow during the winter. In any extreme weather condition, there will be messages on the radio if businesses and schools are closed. If a business or school is not closed, then those working or attending, use their best judgement whether or not to go.
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@youless (84693)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Aug 12
Canada has a better weather than USA
• China
9 Aug 12
I'm in China right now visiting relatives (Beijing). I talked with my grandpa, he says that working conditions are poor, and companies want to get the most out of their workers. However, if it violates the workers' contracts that it's not okay. They probably won't have contracts though, in some cases.
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@youless (84693)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Aug 12
Your grandpa is right and it is also the truth.
@ARIES1973 (9436)
• Legaspi, Philippines
9 Aug 12
Yes youless, we have rules on automatic cancellation or suspension of classes and work in government schools and offices due to typhoons, flooding and other weather disturbances and calamities.
@youless (84693)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Aug 12
Very good.
@Paper_Doll (2376)
• Philippines
9 Aug 12
If there is a typhoon that would hit our area, the government would usually announce suspension of work and classes on the affected areas. Just this week, though there is no typhoon, the rain keeps pouring that caused floods. I was not able to report to work for 3 days straight now but I already called my boss to inform him that no vehicles can't pass the road going to our office as of the moment and he said that he would sent a boat to fetch me. He was just kidding because he knew how terrible the floods are this past few days. Since there is no typhoon and there is work yesterday and today, I am considered as absent and those absences will be deducted from my leave credits. If there is a typhoon in your city, the government should declare work and class suspension as early as possible so that employees and students won't be stuck in floods and heavy traffic.
@youless (84693)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Aug 12
You are right. The government should announce suspension so that the workers can have the instruction how to do.