With strikes and cancellations affecting trains, the underground and flights, employers need to decide how they are going to treat employees who cannot get into work or are stuck overseas.
Although inconvenient, there is generally plenty of notice when it comes to train, tube and tram strikes, and therefore the chance to make contingency plans. With hybrid and homeworking now commonplace for many offices, this will be the simple and obvious answer to discuss with employees on affected days.
Employees who are required to attend work in person may face a longer and/or more expensive journeys than normal – especially if an alternative mode of transport is required. So employers should consider offering help with some financial assistance. Some absences may be avoided by rearranging work patterns or promoting car-pooling for instance.
The treatment of employees who cannot return to work after a holiday because they are stuck overseas due to a cancelled flight is somewhat more problematic.
Employers do not have to agree to this, especially given short notice, but a flexible approach is advisable where possible.
The Government’s guide to holiday entitlement for employers and employees can be found here.