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These are your rights if you can’t get to work because of the snow


These are your rights if you can’t get to work because of the snow

Severe gales and snow showers caused travel disruption, school closures and left thousands of people without power as Storm Caroline swept in to the UK.

Forecasters had earlier warned of a danger to life, with gusts of up to 90mph possible in northern parts of Scotland.

Flights and ferry services were cancelled while dozens of schools were closed across the north of the country.

Rail passengers also faced disruption, with trains cancelled after a trampoline blew onto the line in East Renfrewshire and services suspended elsewhere.

But what are your rights to a day off work if it snows?

Nobody wants to face a dangerous commute.

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And, likewise, it’s all too easy when you roll out of bed in the morning and see a covering of snow in the garden to want to get back under the covers.

These are the rights you need to be aware of if it snows – and whether you can bag a day off, reports the Mirror.

I can’t make it in. Am I in trouble?

Your boss might be able to make you take unpaid leave, holiday days or work flexible hours to make up time – even if you legitimately can’t make it in.

But if you show you’ve made an effort and speak to them early, a reasonable boss shouldn’t penalise you.

It’s worth checking your contract or staff handbook, though, in case there’s anything in it about extreme weather.

That way you’ll know if your boss is being unfair.

Do I HAVE to travel if it’s unsafe?

Your employer can’t make you take a journey that’s not safe.

That said, they don’t have to pay you either.

It’s cold at work – is that allowed?

An indoor workroom, like an office, has to “provide reasonable comfort without the need for special clothing” – normally that means be at least 16 degrees Celsius.

So if work is colder than that, you’ve got a case for being sent home.

My office/workplace is closed because of the weather, do I have to take the day as holiday?


If you they’ve closed the office and you can’t work from home then your boss can’t dock your pay or make you take annual leave.

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