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Recently some people have been unable to travel to their work place due to snow fall. Or, because their child’s school or caring arrangements have broken down (due to weather, illness or other unexpected event), they have had to take a day off work to look after their child.
A frequently asked question is: Will I get paid? The short answer is: if the work place is OPEN and you are unable to work from home, then they do not have to pay you. However, if the work place is SHUT, and you were able to get to work you will be paid. Do check your contract of employment as there may be a clause covering this. Try and contact your employer as soon as possible as they may be able to accommodate your request. For more on “snow days” see ACAS: http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2797#school OR https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/snow-day-rights/
What is clear is that employees do have rights to take reasonable time off work to deal with unexpected problems or emergencies with close family members, or other people who depend on you. This is sometimes called ‘dependant leave’.
You won’t be paid unless your contract of employment says so, but you don’t have to make it up later on. There is no set amount of time you can take off as it depends on the situation. You can take time off, for example, when:
A close family member usually means a child, husband, wife, civil partner, cohabiting partner, parent or grand-parent.
You may be able to take “parental leave” if this was, for instance, to take a child for an appointment. In some circumstances employers will allow you time off as “compassionate leave” – although again if there is nothing in your contract this may be unpaid.
You may feel that you are being discriminated against because of time taken for dependants – in which case you can raise this, initially on an informal basis, then raise a grievance if no adequate response.
Citizens Advice Bracknell can talk through any issues relating to employment as well as other problems you may have. To contact us see: https://www.citizensadvicebracknell.org.uk/get-advice/ For online (national) advice, see: Please look at: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk