My employee says they cannot get to work and cannot drive their car as it is due a MOT and it has been cancelled – do I have to pay them?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 4 February 2020
Arthur Cox
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There will be no one size fits all answer to this query, and it will likely be determined based on the particular circumstances that the employee is in.  In the first instance you should consult any applicable policy for guidance, such as an absence policy, and also check how the company has dealt with any similar scenarios.

You will note from the above, that the only cars likely to be negatively impacted are those that are four years old so this should hopefully reduce the number of employees who say that they are unable to get to work. Employees who fall into the bracket of having a four year old car with no MOT will be able to get their car tested via the limited working lanes in

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