A shortage of lorry drivers has caused problems for a range of industries in recent months, from supermarkets to fast food chains. Now, some fuel deliveries have been affected, leading to panic buying and lengthy queues at petrol stations.
According to the BBC, the Petrol Retailers Association has warned that as many as two-thirds of its membership of nearly 5,500 independent outlets are out of fuel, with the rest of them “partly dry and running out soon”. The UK has a total of more than 8,000 filling stations.
‘What if my workers can’t get fuel?’ is a question that our Employment Law team have been inundated with from our customers over the past few days.
What to do if Workers Can’t Get Fuel
If workers can’t get fuel, and they cannot work from home, a lay-off may be the most suitable option. Or, employers can suggest workers take holiday if they cannot get to work.
Lay off is £30 x 5 days of Statutory Guaranteed Pay, then nothing, but hopefully the shortages will end as quickly as they arrived.
It seems like a harsh solution, but if it’s by no fault of the employer or employee then lay off may be the most suitable option.
Keep calm and carry on.