What does this cold snap mean for people at work?


What does this cold snap mean for people at work?

The current cold snap has seen the coldest winter weather so far, with some parts of the country facing considerable travel disruption due to the winter weather.

Traffic cones and sign in the snow

The weather can make a big difference to the jobs that Prospect members do – whether it is analysing and predicting it at the Met Office, or keeping people safe in aviation come rain or shine. And our members in the British Antarctic Survey can experience some of the most extreme weather in the world.

Prospect has produced a seasonal Q&A about both bad weather and issues that may be faced at work during the festive season.

Marion Scovell, Prospect’s head of legal said:

“At this time of year we get a range of questions from members about workers’ rights during bad weather and where their employers are lacking in the festive spirit.

"These range from issues about travel disruption and low temperatures to queries about time off work over the seasonal period and harassment at parties.

"See our Q&As for advice about how Prospect can help.”

Prospect members can speak to their Prospect Rep for advice - if they have one in their workplace - or call our Member Contact Centre if not.

Prospect is also supporting the TUC’s call for employers to use common sense in difficult weather and not force staff to make hazardous journeys into work, find out more here.

For some of Prospect members, working outdoors or in other challenging conditions, changes in weather can present health and safety issues.

Find out more about both employers’ health and safety responsibilities and employees duties here.