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Dealing With Absences Caused By Snow

Most of us would agree that we love the snow and it is great to go out and build a snowman or go sledging. However, problems arise when employees come into work late or cannot physically get into work due to disruptions with transport, school closures and severe weather warnings. This situation gives rise to the following questions:

  • What are the rights of employees and 
  • How can employers ensure that they apply a fair policy given the circumstances of an individual and considering their business needs.

Here’s a quick guide to help you all get it right.   

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Managing Absence: Storm Doris

As storm Doris causes disruption throughout the UK, employees are likely to encounter problems getting to work, from delayed trains, car and household damage to dangerous walking conditions. So how should employers deal with disruption caused by staff not being able to get into work? 

First port of call is review your handbook to ascertain whether or not you have a severe weather policy, in the event that you do not, then follow this simple guide: 

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Absence Management: Is Your Employee Really Sick?

Let’s be honest here, it’s likely that some of you reading this will know of someone who has ‘pulled a sickie’.  As an employment lawyer, I’ve heard all manner of ‘justifications’; “the weather was nice”, “my holiday was refused”, “I knew they’d say no if I asked for time off at the last minute” …  A recent ruling in the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) gives hope to employers everywhere that they can take action against an employee who has ‘pulled a sickie’.

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