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Severe Weather - Avoid all that Huffing and Puffing

Severe Weather - Avoid all that Huffing and Puffing
Sam Woods
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Tuesday, 29 October 2013 00:00

Last weekend I’m certain that many people were dreading coming to work on Monday. 

Like many I often find myself dreading this, but this particular Monday had promised us a truly devastating storm which would send the UK to a standstill.

Being a Northern company, the storm didn’t particularly trouble our daily routines; we could have left our flat caps at home because other than a little rain -“now’t happened”.

Unfortunately, further south people were significantly more affected by the weather. No doubt many were confronted with school closures or transport cancellations. The subject reminded me of a blog written by Dataplan 3 years ago when severe snowfall caused major issues for employers when employees could not get in to work and where employers stand in having to pay them for an albeit unavoidable absence.

Unavoidable Absence

There is no real legal obligation to pay an employee in these circumstances. Unless such an agreement was written into employment contracts or could be perceived as so, all absence can be universally treat as grounds for non-payments.
Although this is a general consensus, such actions will often cause issues between employee and employer and some companies will pay such days as normal to avoid frictions and confrontation.

Business Closure

However, if a company closes due damage to the building or power etc. there is a legal obligation to pay employees. When closing under such circumstances it is effectively a temporary layoff for employees and full pay is then due.

Planning Ahead

Where possible, when severe weather conditions are anticipated, it may be a viable option to allow employees to work from home. This is becoming an increasingly available option to employers with the constant advancements in technology and accessibility.

Reviewing contracts is also a good opportunity to clarify certain issues and clauses so both the employer and employee know where they stand with severe weather issues.



Sam Woods

Sam works within our Healthcare Team processing payrolls spanning the growing Care Sector. Sam is also one of our keen bloggers and helps on special projects like Real Time Information and internal systems to name only a few.

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