Your rights if you can’t get to work because of fuel crisis explained

The fuel crisis has continued into this week, despite government efforts to curtail it.

Rising prices, a lack of HGV drivers an panic buying have all contributed to the shortages which has also had an effect on food being stocked.

The army have been brought in to drive fuel tankers to make sure petrol stations are resupplied properly, while business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng suspended competition law.

It means that despite the attempts, fuel may be in short supply for people up and down the country attempting to get to work or take their kids to school.

But if that is you, you do have certain rights to help you.

The fuel crisis – what are my rights at work?

Mirror legal expert Dean Dunham explains that the ability to work remotely and employment right can all help you if you are unable to get yourself to work because you don't have fuel.

He said: "Your employer could not instantly sack you just because you can’t get to work due to the fuel shortages. To do so would likely be construed as unfair dismissal.

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"Your position is further strengthened if the nature of your work means you could work from home until the issue has been resolved.

"You will be entitled to take time off to look after your children if the fuel shortage prevents them getting to school. But if you take time off and are unable to work from home, your employer will have no obligation to pay you."

I can't get my kids to school

Not being able to get the kids to school can have a knock-on effect on being able to go to work, as well as the potential for fines if your child is late for school an excessive amount.

But this sort of policy is difficult to enforce if caused by something like a fuel crisis.

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The government hopes the issue will not last long and the prime minister Boris Johnson has already claimed the issue is "abating", but chancellor Rishi Sunak suggested shortage problems could last until Christmas.

"You will generally be liable to be fined if your child is late at least 10 times in a three-month period," said Dunham

But if you fall foul of this due to the fuel shortages, it’s unlikely you would be penalised.

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