Published on 5 - January - 2010
Snow could cost employers £230m...a dayThe recent freezing weather across the UK could cost employers up to £230m in a single day of employee absenteeism according to the Forum of Private Business (FPB).
Is anybody there? The snow may keep workers at home
With the weather now the most prolonged cold snap since 1981 and most of the UK set for more snow, the prospect of empty offices and shopfloors devoid of staff (and customers!) is looking more and more likely.
The calculation is made using the information including the daily GDP figure, anticipated vehicle breakdown levels from the AA, average salaries and official data reflecting an expected fall in retail sales.
FPB research manager Tom Parry said: "Employees make businesses grow and losing staff because of the weather, even for just a day, is very damaging, particularly in the current economic climate. It is important that employers put in place contingency plans for these occasions ands that these plans comply with employment law.
"For example, home working might be seen as a solution - obviously not for manufacturers and retailers - but business owners should be aware that it is their responsibility to ensure that employees' houses meet with health and safety standards."
The FPB has recently upgraded its Employment Guide, containing information and guidance on almost every aspect of employment, as well as practical help on complying with the law.
For more information call 0845 612 6266 or visit www.fpb.org/shop/13/Employment_Guide_2009
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