Weather-Related Absenteeism: Policies, Payroll Adjustments, Telecommuting, And More

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Most of the country is still reeling from a relentless and brutal winter. Back-to-back blizzards brought pleas from emergency management authorities for people to stay off the roads. With such treacherous conditions, employers found themselves hesitant to crack down on absent employees when they seemed to have a good reason to stay home.

Although the worst of winter may be over, the issue of inclement weather doesn’t go away. Winter snows will soon give way to spring floods and even tornadoes. In some areas of the country, warmer weather may also mean wildfires. Every season brings its own weather woes, leaving employers wondering how to handle tricky issues such as attendance policies, leave time, and when people must be paid in spite of attendance at work.