Adverse Weather – it’s s-no-w joke!
31st October, 2013
Adverse weather – snow, storms or even flooding – can affect businesses and their productivity if employees decide to stay at home due to difficult conditions when trying to get to work. However, there is no legal requirement for employers to pay staff who are unable to get in to work because of the weather.
When the snow storms hit the UK during January and February earlier this year, many businesses were seriously affected by the disruption that the snow caused.
Implementing an Adverse Weather policy can help a business manage employees in such circumstances.
The policy will clearly detail what is expected of employees during bad weather conditions, the effort employees are expected to make to attend work, how an employee should report their absence and tells employees whether or not they will be paid.
It is considered reasonable to expect an employee to get into work late if bad weather has prevented them from getting into work at the usual time. Many roads might be cleared by the afternoon or public transport might be running again, so employees should not automatically assume that they can have the entire day off work. However, if employees are not aware of this expectation they won’t try their best to meet it.
By implementing an Adverse Weather policy employers can manage the commercial damage that can be caused when snow or any other adverse weather prevents employees from attending work.
Aaron and Partners LLP provides a detailed Adverse Weather policy for only £150 plus VAT. Please contact Employment Associate Susie Allen on 01244 405 598 or at [email protected] for more details.
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