If some staff are late for work or fail to attend work because of severe weather, then an employer is under no obligation to pay them unless there is a specific provision for such absence to be paid in their employment contract.
There are some other options you may wish to consider, such as:
- allowing staff members to work from home temporarily
- work up the time lost or
- take holiday entitlement – It’s up to you!
It is worth remembering that the financial burden to the business of paying staff in these circumstances could be outweighed by the benefits that such a gesture would have on staff morale and productivity in the long run – especially if the snowfall is particularly heavy and it is impossible to get to work.