Have you prepared your snow policy?
Given recent dire warnings that we are in for a harsh winter here is a reminder of employer obligations.
Whilst employees are not automatically entitled to pay if they are unable to get to work because of bad weather it is important to have a clear policy on the subject. Employees need to know what you expect from them in terms of getting to work. The policy should include how to deal with an inability to get to work, leaving work early due to snow and dealing with absence as a result of employees’ children’s schools being closed.
Employers should try to be flexible where possible – for example, considering altering working hours temporarily or working from home.
What is most important that businesses get ready now. Prepare the policy now and publicise it so everyone is clear BEFORE the snow sets in!