Hammond rethinking disaster workday policy

Sep 24, 2012

Mayor Mayson Foster says he has submitted a proposal for review by the city's fire and police unions, City Council members and department heads that could lead to revamping procedures for giving city employees time off at times of natural disasters.

The Advocate reports Councilman Lemar Marshall asked at the council's meeting earlier this week why city employees were required to come to work during the approach and landfall of Hurricane Isaac, which struck on the night of Aug. 28.

Foster and Marshall quarreled over why city employees were not given a day off on Aug. 29, when the brunt of Isaac passed through southeast Louisiana.