Temperatures fall, make sure your employee’s attendance doesn’t!

December 12, 2011

Winter time is upon us once again, harsh winds, ice, cold weather and the possibility of snow. Last year we saw heavy snowfall and the country come to a halt, the chances of that happening again this winter are increasing daily. So make sure your employee handbooks have the correct policies in place to cope with employees not attending work because of these harsh conditions and notifying you accordingly

There are three points employers need to keep in mind within these months;

  • Try to be flexible, are you able to alter working hours temporarily?
  • Can employees work from home?
  • Employees are not entitled to pay if unable to get to work because of the weather conditions, however you may wish to give employees the opportunity to take lost time from their holiday entitlement or take the time off as unpaid leave.

It is not only adverse weather conditions that cause problems with employee’s attendance during the winter months which can also see increase in employee’s having colds and flu’s which can be a big cause of absence. To find out how to cope with absence management please read our article here.

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