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What if your kids’ school is closed and your boss won’t let you have time off?

The snow hasn't hit Cambridgeshire too hard yet, and only one school has closed.

But temperatu..

By admin , in Cambridge , at February 28, 2018

The snow hasn't hit Cambridgeshire too hard yet, and only one school has closed.

But temperatures are forecast to plummet even lower this week, and there could be more snowfalls before the weekend.

If a head teacher decides to close your child's school due to the weather and you have to pick up the youngster, or stay at home with them, where do you stand legally?

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Employment expert Tony Hyams-Parish, partner at law firm DMH Stallard, said parents were allowed time to get things sorted.

School closures due to bad weather can cause parents big problems

He said: "Section 57A(e) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 allows employees to take a reasonable period of time off to deal with an unexpected incident which involves the employee's child while they are at school (or another educational establishment).

"School closure due to weather is likely to fall under these rules.

"As soon as reasonably practicable, the employee must tell the employer of the need to leave work and the reason for this. This should include sufficient information to enable the employer to determine whether the statutory right applies.

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"They must also tell the employer how long they expect to be away from work (unless it is not reasonably practicable). The right is to take a "reasonable" amount of time off to take action which is "necessary", and this will always depend on the circumstances.

As a rule, employers are flexible – but you have rights under the law

"Importantly, there is no right to be paid during this time.

"Although that’s the strict legal position, many employers will be more flexible. They can allow employers to work from home, make time up later or where a longer period is necessary, allow holiday to be taken.

"Some will allow the time off without any consequence such as deduction of pay."

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