Almost half of employees had pay docked due to ash cloud restrictions

Almost half (43%) of employees affected by the ash cloud travel restrictions, had their pay docked or their annual leave entitlement diminish last month.

According to a survey by recruitment firm Badenoch and Clark, almost a quarter (24%) of employers allowed their staff to work remotely, while a third (32%) allowed staff to take the time as additional leave.

Andy Powell, director at Badenoch and Clark, said: “With no end in sight on potential travel restrictions due to the ash cloud, people are left feeling as if they are taking a gamble when embarking on their summer holidays and employers are put in an awkward situation.

“While remote working is a good solution in some cases, for many people it will not be a viable option. As such, although ensuring [staff] are contactable by mobile or smart phone where possible is a sensible precaution, both employers and employees need to understand that the risk of disruption should be shared.”

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