Q: What can we do if staff cannot attend work because of severe weather and/or travel disruption

A: This can be a common issue for businesses at this time of year.  Employers have a duty to ensure the Health & Safety of their employees, so they should try to be as flexible as possible and should never encourage their employees to drive in dangerous weather conditions. It may be possible to consider whether effected employees can work from home or a work site that is closer to them or if they can make up the time at a later date.

It’s important to note that there is no automatic legal right to be paid if the employee cannot get into work and do their job, but an employer may be required to pay if they have any contractual or customary arrangements in place. If an employer does decide to pay for absence as a result of bad weather or travel issues, they should make it clear to employees that this is for a limited period only.

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