With snow making its way across the UK, leaving some schools shut and causing travel disruption, how does it effect you??


If you are going to travel, plan ahead!

  • Keep some wellies, extra jumper, blanket, snacks and bottle of water in the car.
  • Make sure your phone is fully charged.
  • Keep a torch in the car.
  • Leave yourself extra time to get to your destination.
  • Take precautions like parking your car at the bottom of the hill if you live on a slope or at the end of your road if your close doesn’t get gritted.
  • Pack a spare change of clothes and socks for your charges  – if they come out of school wet from playing or take a tumble, your’ll be prepared for a speedy change. Plus socks can double up as mittens.
  • If travelling with your charges take a supply of snack, drinks and a book or two, just encase.

If you can’t get to work or take the children to school make the most of it – wrap up warm, get out the sledge and enjoy the snow!

Take Care!


Check for school closures:

  • https://www.mix96.co.uk/schools/buckinghamshire/
  • https://m.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/school-closures


What are your rights if you can’t get into work?

I couldn’t get to work because of the snow. Can my boss dock my pay?

According to the employment advice and conciliation service Acas, in the majority of cases, you are not automatically entitled to be paid if you cannot get to work.

But that does not necessarily mean you will lose out.

Both Acas and the government advice website Gov.uk suggest trying to come to an arrangement with your boss that you are both happy with.

Your employer may agree, for example, for you to make up the time at a later date,  however, they are not obliged to do this.

There are some exceptions, however, and some childcarers may have a right to be paid.

Some employers may have it written in contracts, that they will pay you if you cannot get to work due to circumstances beyond your control.


Can my employer force me to take a day off as holiday?

Only under certain conditions.

You are entitled to a minimum notice period before you have to take the leave.

The law states that you must be given warning that is the equivalent of twice the length of the leave. So, for example, you must be given two days’ notice if your employer wants you to take a day’s leave. However, that does not apply if you get more leave than the statutory minimum. If you get more than the legal minimum of 5.6 weeks a year, (typically 28 days), including public holidays, then your employer can compel you to take leave without giving you any notice.





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