Missed Work Because of Bad Weather?


The mornings are getting colder and it's getting harder and harder to scrape the ice off the car.

Scraping ice off the car takes up valuable time in the morning

Trains and buses are easily delayed in this kind of weather, despite you leaving an extra 15 minutes to get to the station or bus stop.

Trying to get to work in adverse weather conditions can be a pain, but the consequences of being late are sometimes far reaching.

Extreme Weather, Extreme Lateness

Some parts of the UK have been experiencing some extremely adverse weather over the last couple of days. Although the snow and ice may be clearing for some, for others it will stick around for a while making getting to work a trying affair.

According to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder UK in 2013, 1 in 5 employers have dismissed a worker for being late, and the third most popular reason for lateness is bad weather (18%).

It's quite unbelievable that you could be disciplined or dismissed because you were late, or unable to attend work due to a severe weather condition. However, your employer may wish to pursue the issue and finding out whether you have a case against them can be costly, without a fixed fee option.

A dismissal will be unlawful unless it is for one of the fair reasons set out in employment law. An employer who fails to act reasonably in all of the circumstances before dismissing may also find themselves on the end of a legal challenge.

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