A client has asked the question that will be on many minds at the moment, namely does he have to pay staff who cannot get to work.

The answer depends very much on the employer’s stance in the face of the current blocked roads. If the employer keeps the place of work open then he is not obliged to pay employees who are simply unable to get to work. If he chooses to pay them then that is his choice to make.

However, if the employer decides to close it will be open to any (and all) employee(s) to argue that they would have found a way to get to work and the employer must pay them because he, not the weather, prevented them from working.