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

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Most of the country is still reeling from a relentless spring filled with ferocious thunderstorms and severe flooding. Back-to-back blizzards this past winter brought pleas from emergency management authorities for people to stay off the roads, and the worst weather of the year may still be in store with late summer wildfires and even hurricanes. With such treacherous conditions, employers find themselves hesitant to crack down on absent employees when they seemed to have a good reason to stay home.

Although the worst of the summer storms may be over, the issue of inclement weather doesn’t go away. Summer thunderstorms, severe hail, tornadoes, and even wildfires will soon give way to winter snows. 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.