Volcanic ash causes employees to plan for disruption!
Regis have been quick off the mark – using the news of the recent Icelandic eruption to advertise their serviced offices in numerous cities. Some employees have been equally prompt to enquire as to company policy on “ash delays”.
Whilst employers, and not just airlines, will be watching to see the progress of the ash and counting the potential cost to business, employees who are hoping for an extended holiday are also wondering what this means for them. Will any enforced time off be paid, will it be deducted from holiday allowances, will they be better or worse off…? A canny few have raised the issue – presumably so they know how much effort to make to get home from holiday!
Most employers seem to be taking the view that they’ll deal with the issue as and when it arises. Few have issued formal policies, although one has taken a pragmatic view and will be indicating to effected employees that if they can evidence that all reasonable efforts have been made to return, the company will allow up to two paid days grace. Thereafter, all time will be unpaid and will not be deducted from holiday entitlements. The only question that remains is what is ‘reasonable’!