Can you legally take a snow day off work?

Your rights explained if you can't get to work due to snow.

Monday, 11th December 2017, 12:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 5:24 am
Your rights when it comes to taking a day off work due to the weather. Picture: submitted

The situation: snow is forecast for large areas of Scotland and you have to work on Monday. So what are your rights around snow days?

Here we sum up what you can and can't do legally speaking if it snows or your child's school is closed due to snow, according to government website

Taking paid holiday

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If there’s travel disruption, employers can ask staff to take paid holiday (annual leave) if they give the correct notice. This must be at least double the length of time they want employees to take in annual leave.

So for 1 day’s annual leave it would be 2 days notice. The employment contract may set down a different notice period and if so, this will usually apply.

Working flexibly

Employers may ask flexible workers to work from home or make up time later. Unless the employment contract says so, employers can’t insist on this.

If the workplace is closed

If the workplace is closed because of disruption and the employee doesn’t usually work from home, employers can’t usually deduct pay. Employers might be able to ask staff to go to another workplace or work from home.

Time off to look after children

If an employee’s child’s school is closed or their normal childcare arrangements are disrupted, they could have the right for time off to look after them. This should be agreed between the employee and the employer.

Winter weather - travel disruption

Employees are not automatically entitled to pay if they’re unable to get to work because of bad weather. Guidance is available from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) about winter weather - travel disruption.