Weather – Your Rights

The so called ‘Beast from the East’ certainly made its presence known last winter causing major disruption across the UK. The red travel warning issued across much of the UK meant that many employees were unable to make it into work. So how does this inclement weather affect your pay?
Notably, if an employer is insisting you go home and you are not permitted to work because of the weather warning, then your employer is enforcing leave on you. Provided you are present and willing to work then you should then be paid as normal if you are sent home. In the event your workplace is open and other employees have made it in, but you are unable to do so due to the weather you may have the following options available to you and you should speak to your manager about these;

1. Taking the absence as holiday
2. Taking unpaid authorised leave
3. Working from home.

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