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So many of us have seen the snowfall or the frost cover the land overnight. And some of us may experience problems with getting to work, which could be due to road closures, accidents or public transport issues. And for some areas, the snow is so bad that attempting to travel even a few metres is too hazardous.

But what if your employees cannot get to work, do you know how to advise them or whether they are entitled to be paid during this time off?

Thoughtful employers will have a contingency plan for bad weather, which should outline the reporting procedures for when employees are not able to get to work, which could mean working from home, or employers sending people home when the weather looks like it could be too bad to travel in etc.

Employers are not responsible for paying employees when they can not attend work due to an act of god (ie bad weather, a natural disaster). However, some employers may offer it as part of their terms and conditions of employment. If the employer doesn’t offer this then employees can usually take annual leave, use up any lieu time or even take unpaid leave. As an employer, it is a good idea to advise staff about this during a meeting perhaps before the winter months.

If the employer has early conversations with employees when the weather starts to change, about what is expected of them and what they will receive from their employer, it will not only maintain morale, you are likely to see an improvement in the number of employees attending work on those occasions, as they will know that time off won’t always be paid.

If you want to know how best to put a contingency plan in place, give us a call on 01905 317537 or email us

By Tania De Bruler,  HR Consultant with Specialised HR Solutions: