Employee Travel Disruption Rights - What Can I do as an Employer?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 15 December 2023
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Bad Weather Policy, Employee and Employer Rights, Family Friendly Rights

In light of last month’s flooding across Northern Ireland, and the fact that December often brings more extreme weather conditions, it is important to consider what may happen when weather conditions make it difficult for employees to travel to work.


  • must go to work unless they’re sick or on leave and it's their responsibility to get to work;
  • they shouldn't risk their safety to get to work;
  • have no legal right to be paid if they don't go into work, unless it's in their contract;
  • should check if their employer has a "bad weather" policy which covers what is expected of them;
  • have the right to unpaid time off to deal with emergency situations about their dependants.

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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