Is a pandemic a natural disaster and how would it affect HR? Kim Rives Miers, Mishell Parreno Taylor and Andrew Gay at Littler September 24th, 2020 Is a pandemic a natural disaster and how do they affect human resources? The New Yorker says no they are not the same and oddly skirts the HR issue. Davia Downey at Grand Valley State explains that responding to a pandemic and a natural disaster is the same so maybe there is some HR lesson in ther but you might need to dig for it. Kim and Mishell and Andrew at Littler get right to the HR core and detail some of the many employment questions and key considerations when they collide (the natural disasters and COVID, not Kim and Mishell and Andrew).