Is there any rule that the employer can deduct the salary if the employee is absent for natural disaster like- cyclone, flood etc?
From India, Kolkata
Labour Law & Hr Consultant


Hi Suchismita.P,
Whereas whosoever absenting to duty on a/c of natural disasters should have the absence regularised by proper procedure. The absence in any case due to whatsoever reasons should have been properly conveyed to the controlling/reporting officials and 'leave of absence' should be obtained by submitting necessary documents. There can't be automatic grant of leave on such events. May be you are not able to reach office due to flooding, approach roads cutoff and communication links snapped etc. This doesn't mean you take it for granted. If the office also closed on that day, it's in all fairness the admin declares holiday on such days, in which case there can't be any absence of a few. Sometimes due to sudden bandh announced by various activists commuting office becomes difficult. But it's also possible on such days many could reach office despite bandh. Therefore admin might take different views on different employees. But there is no hard & fast rule that office should declare paid holiday on such days. It's depend on the discretion of the management on such issues. You are aware many district admin used to declare holidays for schools & colleges due to heavy rains, snap strike or riots, local festivals etc. On such authorised days it is reasonable to declare holidays for offices also. But when others are in attendance and a few absenting might warrant 'recovery of pay' or LWP.

From India, Bangalore
Jain Jitendra

Hi Suchismita.P,
There is no relief provided to employees as per prevailing rules. Further on humanitarian ground employer may pay you for your absent days due to natural disaster in your area.
Jitendra Jain

From India, New Delhi

If the employee is absent for work, the immediate consequence as per the contract of employment is that he is not entitled to wages/salary on the days of such absence. Uninformed Absence due to any hardship like personal injury, salvaging, lack of mobility etc., caused by natural disasters will also fall under unauthorized absence. However, how the employer would treat is only question of fact depending on factors like the scale of the natural disaster, the extent of damage caused by it.
From India, Salem
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