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Adverse weather and disruption to business

With the winter weather causing havoc across the country, ACAS has released some timely guidance on travel disruption and bad weather.

The guidance provides answers to some of the most common questions asked when employees cannot attend work due to bad weather and/or travel disruption including:

  • Are employees entitled to be paid if they cannot attend work?

Generally, employees are not automatically entitled to pay if they are unable to get to work due to adverse weather. However, there may be terms in the contract of employment or in an employer’s policy that cover this situation.

  • What happens if an employer decides to close a workplace?

If a workplace is closed but the employees are available and willing to work, they will usually be entitled to be paid as normal. Again, the contract of employment should be checked as there may be a provision to deal with such a situation.

  • What other options are available to deal with disruption?

Employers can use their discretion and depending on the needs of the business may be able to make arrangements such as:

  1. Allowing employees to start late / leave early and make time up at a later date;
  2. Allow home working;
  3. Allow shift swaps;
  4. Agree to employees taking annual leave.

It is always best to be prepared and employers can put in place policies to deal with travel disruption and adverse weather.

Click here to see the ACAS guidance in full.

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