Winter Weather chaos

2014-12-15 Jennifer Renney posted:

It’s got rather chilly these last couple of days. The frosty mornings have returned, ice is a constant feature on our cars and no doubt heavy snow will shortly follow.

From time to time, travel disruption can affect an employee’s ability to get to work on time. For situations from public transport cancellations to severe weather or school closures, employers and employees should consider how this could impact on the workforce.

Remember that employees are not automatically entitled to pay if they are unable to get to work because of travel disruption, school closures etc. There is no legal right for staff to be paid by an employer for travel delays (unless the travel itself is constituted as working time or in some situations where the employer provides the transport). However, employers may have contractual, collective or custom and practice arrangements in place for this.

When handling travel disruption, employers should ensure that any measures they take are carried out according to a fair procedure, and should be flexible where possible. The handling of bad weather and travel disruption can be an opportunity for businesses to enhance staff morale and productivity by the way it handles the situation, for example by allowing staff to work from home if this is feasible.

This will help maintain good, fair and consistent employment relations and help avoid complaints to Acas and the employment tribunal.

Most importantly, try to plan ahead, and check your policies and staff handbook to make sure they deal with any situations which might arise. For further help on this, feel free to contact us on 01225 632240 or info@renneyandco.com

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