Oxford Brookes University - Snowbound face holiday penalty

February 26, 2009

Staff at Oxford Brookes University who failed to make it into work as a result of the recent snow may lose annual leave. But the University and College Union said local police advised people not to travel on 5 and 6 February, and Oxford bus companies withdrew their services. Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary, said she was "absolutely horrified" that staff could lose holiday entitlement for following police advice to stay at home. Bob Price, director of human resources at the university, said: "If staff are absent for a whole day, they would normally be asked to take annual leave, but managers will also consider whether they were able to work from home or could make up the time later."

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