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How to ensure you'll get paid if the snow prevents you from getting into work

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With the bad weather threatening to stay for a while, many people will face more difficulties getting into work, which may cause problems for your employer. Will you get paid if you can’t get into work? (This advice applies to all types of adverse weather conditions and transport disruptions).
What you'll need: 
A copy of your Company's Staff Handbook and/or...
...a copy of your Employment Contract
It is your responsibility to get to work regardless of the circumstances (unless your employer has contractually promised to provide transport for you to and from work).
If you can’t get to work (or arrive late) – even if it’s not your fault – your employer is not obliged to pay you (unless your employment contract specifies you will be paid in such circumstances).
If they refuse to pay you in these circumstances this is not illegal. Read on to increase your changes of getting paid.
If possible try to find other forms of safe transport to get you to work.
Ask your employer if you can usefully work from home instead, or if you can make up the lost time at a later date.
If none of these are possible ask your employer if you can take the time off as annual leave (or they may ask you to take annual leave). Normally, both you and your employer need to give appropriate notice to take leave; you should be able to find this in your contract; legally, the minimum notice your employer can give you to take leave is twice the length of the leave period they require you to take, e.g. they need to give you 2 weeks notice to require you to take 1 weeks leave.
If this is not possible then ask your employer to confirm whether your time off work will be paid or unpaid.
Good luck! Depending on the job you do this might be the time to request facilities for home-working to mitigate against such problems in the future.
The most important thing you can do is communicate. Tell your Employer as soon as possible if you can’t get in, or will be late, and what you are doing to solve the problem. Many Employers will be sympathetic and will have decided how to deal with these problems already.
Your Employer is only obliged to pay you when you are ready, willing and available to work!


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