Updated: 16/10/17 : 08:28:28
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Employers have duty of care for employees during Hurricane Orphelia

Businesses around the country have been encouraged to make a plan and prioritise employee safety when dealing with today's ex-hurricane Ophelia.

ISME has said that employers have a duty of care to their workers under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act and their first consideration should be whether it is safe to ask staff to travel to work at all.

It added that if the companies do encourage their staff to come to work, they should ensure there are plans in place to get people home safely.

Companies are also urged to remain on alert for a change in conditions that might affect people's ability to travel.

Meanwhile, business group IBEC has said that businesses should try to minimise employee movement today and put workers' safety first.

And Dublin Chamber of Commerce has encouraged employers to remain flexible over the course of the day - and allow people to work from home where possible.