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Adverse Weather Policies

Here are some pointers on what should be contained in an adverse weather policy. This will be particularly relevant in certain sectors where non attendance at work may be detrimental to services continuing to be provided, e.g. child care, retail, medical care etc.

  • A statement regarding the importance of attendance at work to ensure continuity of services;
  • A requirement to consider alternatives modes of transport to get to work including employer provided transport;
  • The need to report non attendance as early as possible or to keep an employer informed about problems attending work due to bad weather;
  • Payment arrangements in respect of non attendance or lates due to bad weather.

It is equally important that employers review and monitor weather conditions in the interests of the health and safety of their employees and this must always be balanced against business and operational needs.  A reasonable approach needs to be taken with allowing employees to leave early for example subject to weather conditions and distance that employees travel to and from work.

As with all work place matters a clear policy that outlines expectations and requirements will help avoid confusion and ensure that business needs can continue to be met. If you require any information about putting in place relevant HR Policies in your workplace, please email for further information.

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