Around this time of year the prospect of snow can be both exciting and daunting. Now that the snow days of our school years are long behind us, the prospect of travelling to work in the snow can be unappealing to say the least. But how hard should you try to get to work? Like the weather outside, this subject can be a grey area for many, so here are some key points to remember as an employer or an employee in the cold winter months.
1. Employees are not automatically entitled to pay due to travel disruptions. If you are unable to get to work employers might ask staff to take paid holiday (annual leave.) So trying your hardest to get to work is recommended.
2. If you are able to work from home then this might be another option presented to you by your employer. Flexibility in these situations is important and if you are able to come to a compromise such as this with your employer then do so.
3. School closures can make for difficult scenarios because not everyone will be affected by school closure and it seems unfair to penalise either those who are affected or those who are not. Staff who take a leave of absence to look after children might be asked to take this as holiday.
4. If the building is closed employers can’t usually deduct pay. They may, however request that you go to another office or work from home.
5. Make sure you are clear on the rules in the event that you cannot get to work. Find out the employer’s policy now, before it’s too late.
Please note that rights about travel disruption can be outlined in the employment contract – employees should check this first. For further details visit: https://www.gov.uk/travel-disruption-your-rights-at-work