White-knuckle commuting (Toughest HR Question)

In inclement weather, can employees refuse to travel to work for safety reasons?
By Brian Kenny
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2013

Question: Does an employee have the right to refuse to drive to work in bad weather?

Answer: An employee has a right to refuse what she reasonably believes to be unsafe work, pursuant to occupational health and safety legislation across Canada. Occupational health and safety legislation usually contains provisions requiring an employer to take all reasonably practical steps to ensure the health and safety of employees.

If inclement weather posed a health and safety risk to employees, an employer may well be required to shut down work, or certain aspects of work.