The UK is facing an unparalleled weather disruption with winds and floodwaters.
In the face of these horrendous conditions we are being asked by many of our customers should we pay employees who aren’t at work or not.
This is a very difficult question to answer as is no single answer. A number of different ways to tackle this exist based around your contracts of employment and policies. At law there is no statutory right, only a contractual right to pay so you should always is to refer to contracts of employment before taking any action.
From 6 April employees have been required to provide "Fit Notes" to support their return to work rather than the old "Sick Note" scheme.
There has been an alarming turn of events though with a simple method to circumvent the "Fit Note" scheme. A Website is now offering fit notes for as little as £5. This provides employees an easy way to take unauthorised absence but obtain a seemingly valid fit note.
In the current conditions facing the UK, many employers are being faced with the question of to pay or not to pay??
As usual there is no single answer and there are different ways to tackle this.