With the recent snowfall causing chaos across the nation this week and the likelihood of further snow to come we’ve put together this useful guide to your rights as an employee during these times. The Employment Rights Act 1996 was created for a reason and it is there to serve you, here are some common questions along with their answers/the law.
An employer should pay an employee their normal wages during this period, unless otherwise stated in a contract of employment which allows for unpaid lay-off, or if the employee agree to being laid off without pay.
Even during extreme weather conditions, it is an employees responsibility to get to work (unless the employer has a contractual obligation to provide transport for employees to and from the place of work).
However, many employers now have an Adverse Weather policy which clarify whether payment will be made or not if an employee is unable to attend work due to adverse weather. So be sure to check this out as this could be the case and you don’t need to worry as much when the snow comes.
All employees have the right by law to unpaid leave to look after children or other dependents in an emergency (yes, a school closing at short notice is likely to be considered an emergency.)