Kinda sucks they don't have the money, but I'm sure they can scrape buy if it is a priority. Don't they get some kind of discount? Can't all ski/snowboarded related stuff be a tax write-off? I wonder how many employees are aware all this stuff can be written off.
IMO everyone should be required. What are the legit reasons for not? I can't think of one. With that said I need to make it a habit of wearing my helmet.