Is There any Guidance on Travelling into Work in Adverse Weather Conditions?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 October 2023
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Adverse Weather Conditions, Health and Safety

With the arrival of Storm Agnes last week causing flooding and difficult driving conditions, it is important for employers to keep in mind that there can be instances where commuting to the office can cause travel problems or even be a risk to the safety of their employees.

In the first instance, employers should consider if adverse weather conditions are covered in their employment contracts. Some employment contracts may contain a provision for employers to put employees on short time working when an event, akin to adverse weather conditions, which is outside of the employer’s control, impacts on work. In such circumstances, it is unlikely that the employer is required to compensate

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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