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Sydney lawyer to employers: ‘Don’t dock storm-hit staff’

Sydney lawyer to employers: ‘Don’t dock storm-hit staff’

Brett Wilson

An employment specialist has advised businesses to take a compassionate stance with workers affected by the storms that swept Sydney this week.

Brett Wilson (pictured), a principal with Adams Wilson Lawyers, said employers can score high points in staff morale and goodwill by excusing workers who arrived to work late or were absent because of the wild weather.

“I urge employers to be considerate here, don’t dock staff who were late or couldn’t get there,” Mr Wilson said. “Some consideration now will earn you some big brownie points with your staff, which could be reflected in productivity and profit downstream.”

The damage bill from the storm is expected to exceed $129 million and, even today (24  April), about 200,000 homes across NSW are reportedly still without power.

Mr Wilson said the severity of the storms would continue to cause disruptions in the workplace for some time.

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