This page is intended to give staff information In Case of Emergency! During critical times this page will be updated regularly - for example extreme weather situations.
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Employee Guidance for Severe Weather Conditions
From time to time, due to adverse weather conditions, staff may experience problems getting to work.
To find out more information, call 01372 732500 for a recorded update. The Council’s website is regularly updated to show if any services have been disrupted due to the weather.
Where extreme weather can be predicted, you are asked to make reasonable preparations. This might include allowing additional travelling time or planning alternative routes, or even arranging to stay overnight with friends or family.
For some roles, it may be possible to plan in advance to work from home, but you must gain permission from your line manager before working from home in extreme weather conditions.
The Met Office website has the latest weather warnings.
If you are unable to get in to work, the normal absence procedure will apply - HR has produced Extreme Weather Guidance:
Very exceptionally, we experience weather conditions that are so severe they will seriously hinder the ability for many staff to get to their normal place of work.
Where extreme weather can be predicted you should make reasonable preparations. This might include allowing additional travelling time or planning alternative routes, or even arranging to stay overnight with friends or family. For some roles, working from home may be possible if getting to work isn’t, but you must get permission from your line manager before working from home in any circumstance.
Generally, loss of working hours due to poor weather is borne by staff. In very exceptional circumstances your Director may approve otherwise. As a guide, in the event of a situation such as described in paragraph one if you are able to get to work but your journey time is significantly affected you will not be required to make up the lost time and your Director may allow you to leave work earlier than normal, again without having to make up the time.
However, if you can’t reach your normal workplace and working from home is not a realistic option then you must take the lost day/s as leave: annual, flexi or unpaid.