Safety concerns over bad weather commuting

Employee refusing to come to work in bad weather
By Tim Mitchell
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 03/04/2015

Question: How should an employer handle an employee who refuses for safety reasons to commute to work whenever the weather is bad, even if the employer does not consider it bad enough to close the office?

Answer: In the absence of a contractual or statutory obligation, an employer is not required to pay an employee who chooses to take a snow day when the office is open and work is available to be performed. The decision to grant or withhold pay in such a situation is a decision within the employer’s discretion.