Please provide guidance for employers in relation to staffing issues during periods of adverse weather

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 November 2018
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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Inclement weather can pose problems for employers and employees alike, particularly as it is often unforeseen.

Firstly, it is necessary to consider if adverse weather scenarios are dealt with in employment contracts and/or a policy document. This is relevant because some employment contracts may contain provision for employers to put employees on short time working when an event, (including adverse inclement weather), which is outside of the employer’s control impacts on work. In such instances, the employer is unlikely to have to compensate employees for reduced hours (however this will depend on the exact wording in the contract).  For employers who do not have such

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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