As temperatures plummet, UK businesses are set to be disrupted by snow and icy weather conditions. So how do you manage the inevitable late arrivals, absence and transport delays?

First of all, as an employer, you are under no obligation to pay people when they are not at work. So if they turn in late or are not able to make it to work at all, you can legally deduct this time from their pay.

On the other hand, you may want to take a more flexible approach, and allow people to make the time up or work from home. This may have a positive effect on staff morale and commitment in the longer term.

Whatever you decide, it is important to be consistent so that your staff feel you are being fair to everyone. In this respect, a bad weather policy is helpful so that everyone knows where they stand and what is expected of them. It will also avoid putting pressure on employees to travel in conditions that are not safe but will make it clear that disciplinary action is an option if you suspect that employees are using the bad weather as an excuse for a day off.

If you would like advice on managing bad weather conditions or putting a bad weather policy in place, please e-mail [email protected]