Snow can’t bury common sense (Editor’s notes)

Arbitration cases a lesson for employers
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/20/2010

To quote Mark Twain, “Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” But plenty of people do something in reaction to it.

For employers, tough Canadian winters can pose serious quandaries. Should the workplace close when the snow piles up? And how should employers handle workers who refuse to come in?

That is the subject of one of this issue’s cover stories (“When the snow flies, should the office stay open?”). In it, we talked to employers small and large about how they cope during extreme weather. And we spoke with an employment lawyer for his take on what the laws say, the whole notion of liability and how employers should react.