“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. And since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”
The problem with that song is that we have a long list of places we need to be at, work being at the top of that list. However, if terrible weather makes it impossible for us to get to work, such as heavy blizzards or hail, can an employee get penalized for not showing up to work?
Truth is, these snow days can be deducted from your vacation time, though it’s up to the individual employer to decide whether to consider the absence as a vacation day. The employer can also require their workers to come in during harsh weather. If you’re fighting with your employer over safety concerns or being penalized for staying home during harsh weather, you can contact an employment lawyer to determine your specific rights and to prevent further harassment from your unjust employer.