Royal College of Nursing has made a plea to employers not to deduct holiday from nurses unable to get to work because of the snow this week.
The college said staff should make “every reasonable effort” to get to work but should also consider their personal safety and pay attention to local weather warnings and police advice.
It also warned nurses they may be expected to take annual leave or make up time at a later date if you are unable to get into work.
However, the RCN said it would “expect employers to be sympathetic given the extreme nature of the weather”.
The college’s employment relations team recommended that if staff were asked to take leave, they should seek to use already accrued time owing or take the time as unpaid leave.
RCN head of employment relations Josie Irwin said: “Employers should look at this in terms of good will and recognise the extra hours that healthcare staff work throughout the year without pay.
“There is no legal requirement to pay someone if they are unable to get into work although there may be local policies that allow for this. However, employers should always discuss the situation with employees as there should be no automatic default to deduction of wages.”