Severe Weather and Disruption to Public Transport Policy
This Severe Weather and Disruption to Public Transport Policy is designed to cover the situation where employees have difficulty traveling to work due to severe weather or public transport problems.
If an employee does not turn up for work, or turns up late because of adverse weather or disruptions to public transport, the employer is entitled to treat the absence as an unauthorised absence, which means that the employee is not entitled to be paid. However, both severe weather and disruption to public transport are situations which are out of the employee’s control. Thus the employer should proceed with extreme caution; the reasons for the employee’s non-attendance should be investigated before stopping his or her pay.
Having a Severe Weather and Disruption to Public Transport Policy in place creates a clear expectation on the part of employees, and can reduce the scope for confusion and potential disputes.
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