Severe weather

TUC issues heat warning for workers at home and in the office

High temperatures pose questions of home-working as staff swelter without air conditioning or water coolers and the TUC asks employers for 'flexibility'.

What is the maximum workplace temperature? City workers head outside to enjoy the sunshine. Photo: REX

Hot weather alert for workers in England and Wales

22 Jul 2019

Much of England and Wales is on the cusp of a heatwave, lasting until Friday at least, according to the Met Office. How should employers respond?

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Winter weather and work: five common employer queries

30 Jan 2019

With parts of the UK experiencing heavy snowfall, we answer five common questions from employers on the workplace impact of...

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MPs call for maximum workplace temperature to be set

26 Jul 2018

As the heatwave continues across the UK, MPs have urged the government to introduce a maximum workplace temperature – especially...

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Travel disruption: how to deal with staff who are late for work

6 Jul 2018

As emergency timetable revisions and signalling problems continue to cause chaos for rail commuters, Nicholas Le Riche and Zoe MacQueen...

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Why the heatwave can be bad for productivity

27 Jun 2018

The Met Office has warned that parts of Britain will be hotter than the Sahara this week. But how does...

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Top 10 HR questions December 2015: Severe weather

5 Jan 2016

Many employers will have been affected by the severe storms over recent weeks. The top FAQ on XpertHR in December...

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Back to school: Top 10 tips for employers at the start of the new term

8 Sep 2014

With the sand finally gone from between your toes and the flip flops banished to the back of the wardrobe,...

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Impact of bad weather underestimated by UK businesses

18 Mar 2013

Severe weather has been revealed as the top cause of disruption to British businesses over the past 12 months, but...

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Fuel dispute ‘like asking all supermarkets to agree unified working conditions’, says expert

5 Apr 2012

An employee relations adviser has compared Unite’s attempts to agree national minimum standards for fuel-tanker drivers, employed by seven different...

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Weekly dilemma: Employee absence due to adverse weather

8 Feb 2012

One of my employees has called to say that he’s not going to be in for work – and won’t...

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London commuters face two weeks of disruption as tube strikes loom

4 May 2011

London commuters will face two separate weeks of disruption in May and June after tube drivers announced planned dates to...

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Weekly dilemma: Workplace temperature

15 Dec 2010

Since the cold weather hit, my staff have been complaining about the temperature in our offices, and also in our...

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Weekly dilemma: Severe weather conditions

6 Dec 2010

Last winter, the snow and ice caused major problems for my employees and my business. I want to make sure...

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Employers urged to put in staff contingency plans as snow continues

1 Dec 2010

Employers are being urged to put staff contingency plans in place as freezing weather conditions continue to grip the UK...

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