Severe Weather, Disruptions to Public Transport and Difficult Getting Into Work

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The freezing winter weather could soon be back and, if we have snow forecast as we faced at the end of 2017, this would inevitably result in disruptions to public transport and problems for employees getting into work.

There will need to be some flexibility but the bottom line is that it is an employee’s duty to attend work. It is a balance between minimising disruption to the efficient running of your business with the health and safety of your employees.

Employees can be expected to allow extra time to travel into work or make alternative arrangements for travel where appropriate. They need to make sure they communicate with the Company so that everyone is aware of their individual circumstances.

Consider options for your employees if it is too difficult for them to get into work such as:
  • Requesting them to make up any time lost at a later date
  • Suggesting they take the day from their annual leave entitlement
  • Allowing them to work from home if this is viable for their role.
The last resort should be unpaid leave.

Whatever you do, be fair and consistent.

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