The Beast from the East has hit.
For the kids it means snow day! For the rest of us it means gutting through snow covered roads, coaxing cars over snow banks, and paying an inordinate amount of attention to Traffic Watch NI. All for the pleasure of repeating the process at home time.
If you are affected by cancelled trains don’t worry, you should be entitled to a full refund. The same goes for cancelled flights under EU rule 261/2004 and you could also be due further compensation. I’d thoroughly recommend Martin Lewis’s Money Saving Expert for guides on how to claim without wasting money on solicitors (and you could use your snow day saving money with this brilliant website)!
What if you can’t get to work in the snow?
Strictly speaking your employer doesn’t have to pay you for days you aren’t in work! First port of call, as always in employment matters, is to check your employment contract! If you don’t have a written contract you are entitled to a written statement of terms and your employer must provide you with this if requested. Communication between employee and employer can go a long way to resolving issues before they become more severe.
What if your child’s school is closed and there is nobody else to look after them?
There are provisions whereby you can take unpaid leave to look after your children in emergency situations. Extreme weather should be coveres by this. In all employment matters the following maxim prevails: where both employee and employer are reasonable; it’s better to come to an arrangement that suits both parties!
As a last resort you can always work from home; as I type this in the cosy confines of my kitchen. Always clear this with your employer first of all! The benefits of modern technology can break down traditional work/home barriers (not always a good thing!) and limit disruption to an extent.
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