Snow Days and Your Rights
Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR
With the ‘Beast from the East’ expected to bring heavy snowfall across South Wales over the next couple of days, we can all expect some sort of disruption to our lives. Trains are likely to be cancelled, driving conditions will be hazardous resulting in most schools being closed.
So how are you affected if your travel, workplace or children’s school is affected by the snow and ice?
If your workplace is closed because of disruption and you don’t usually work from home, employers can’t usually deduct pay. Your employer may be in a position to ask you to work from an alternative location or to work from home instead.
If your children’s school is closed for a snow day or your normal childcare arrangements are disrupted, you should have the right for time off to look after them. This needs to be agreed between you and your the employer with as much advance notices as possible.
Employees are not automatically entitled to pay if they’re unable to get to work because of bad weather. To find out more about travel disruption and your rights, visit the Acas website here.
Our main piece of advice to employers and employees is that safety comes first. Employers shouldn’t expect their employees to put their lives in danger by travelling work in hazardous weather conditions. You need to offer an alternative as outlined above or agree on a solution that suits both parties. Employees should similarly not take risks just to get to work. Be sensible, contact your employer if you can’t make it in and discuss your options.
If you are unclear about your rights as an employer or employee, please contact HCHR.