Ice and Eastern Beasts have, as usual, created havoc in the UK. But Jones Day does not give a flying snowball f**k if all your trains are cancelled, your kid's school has shut or if you have slipped and died. Get. To. Work.





Thanks to ROF's source who just wanted "to let you know that Jones Day really cares for their staff's safety".

 Motto of the US Postal Service/Jones Day.
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Anonymous 02 Mar 18

Interesting - I wonder if people being forced to travel in genuinely dangerous conditions (i.e. people living in the actual countryside/not zone 3) with un-iced roads etc would have any claim against Jones Day in the event they got injured by being forced to travel when not safe? Probably not as I guess an employers duty of care probably doesn't stretch that far but its pretty woeful publicity - I bet the partners aren't getting their Chelsea tractors icey!

Anonymous 02 Mar 18

Was there not a case of a care worker who won compensation for injuries sustained falling on a client's untreated footpath because her employer failed to provide her with winter boots or crampons?

Anonymous 02 Mar 18

Seriously, people need to stop whining about the weather. A few inches of snow and mass hysteria breaks out. In Stockholm, Moscow and Helsinki, that is just a normal work day and not an extinction event. At least Messrs Jones Day are keeping it real.

Anonymous 02 Mar 18

Health & Safety of staff should be the number one priority for any organisation. The Jones Day email seems irresponsible and any morally humane Partner would not allow such an email to go out. The email was directed at support staff, I assume Partners and Associates also have to adhere to the firms contractual hours and no working from home. Do Management not realise that Clients may look at how firms treat their staff as an indication of their business practices.............it's not always about the money unless your Donald Trump! Did Management send an email to show their appreciation for staff who managed to struggle in having to navigate cancelled trains and closed stations, closed schools etc? I assume most support staff don't earn the salary to have the luxury of living in Zones 1-3. From experience, if you treat your staff well they will reciprocate.

Anonymous 02 Mar 18

13:05—Yes, the case was Kennedy v Cordia (Services) LLP [2016] UKSC 6. Though the careworker in that case was clearly 'at work' when she slipped and fell.

Anonymous 03 Mar 18

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Seriously, people need to stop whining about the weather. A few inches of snow and mass hysteria breaks out. In Stockholm, Moscow and Helsinki, that is just a normal work day and not an extinction event. At least Messrs Jones Day are keeping it real.
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While I agree that the huge amount of attention being paid to winter weather (nicknames for blizzards etc) is massively OTT ("Third red warning in seven years" ... well ok then), I cannot agree with your latter statement about "keeping it real".

As you observe, life goes on in other cities with a few inches of snow but unfortunately that is not the case in the UK. Many will remember in their younger years heading to school when it was snowing - happens rarely now; Train companies pre-emptively refuse to run services; Authorities broadcast messages to discourage people travelling.

I'm sure the same people who take advantage of any situation are no different in this case but if Jones Day doesn't allow flexibility for the current business interruption, it begs the question what must occur for admin staff to be permitted not to come in to work.

Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised. I remember in 2009 my old firm made those that couldn't make it in (98%) take "unpaid leave" ... even though the trains were frozen in place when I got to my local station ...

Anonymous 03 Mar 18

Where is the "Thank you for making the effort to get into the office this week"? Other companies have been known to take those who did struggle and manage to get in for lunch and also bought boxes of chocolates as a thank you, and then allowed leave early to help them get home at a reasonable time because of blocked roads, cancelled trains etc. Not all support staff can afford to live close to the office and have horrendous journeys in weather like this. It's not as if it happens every day. Do they not realise that if you look after your staff, your staff will look after you. On days when support staff have to work through their lunch or stay late because their fee earners are busy, will management remind them of their contractual hours then? I think not.

Anonymous 03 Mar 18

Yes, this weather is the exception and not the norm in the UK. Countries where this type of weather is a regular occurrence have the investment and infrastructure to cope, unfortunately the UK doses not. Firms should acknowledge this rather than take a cynical view and blatantly turn a blind eye to the safety and wellbeing of istaff.

It seems Jones Day staff are only asking fior some flexibility in their hours to cope with the inclement weather. Given that train and transport services were 'rightly or wrongly' warning commuters to complete there journeys by certain times, Jones Day deliberately deciddes to ignore this advice and put at risk the safety of its staff.....SAFETY is paramount!

Is Jones Day using its legal know-how to immorally manipulate what it can and can't get away with by enforcing the contractual hours rule?

Anonymous 03 Mar 18

To: Support Staff

Please note from Monday you can only use the service elevator. You are not worthy of using the same elevator as Administration Managers, Associates, Partners and anyone else above support staff.

Have a nice day.

Anonymous 04 Mar 18

Can't believe these people have the audacity to call themselves management. People are leaving in droves.....says it all. Support staff are treated very badly at the best of times but this is just beyond belief. Yes other countries just get on with it but the point here is why this only went out to support staff. This place needs a good shake up before it gets an even worse reputation.

Anonymous 04 Mar 18

With reference to the second comment in this week’s story about Jones Day being the minions of the legal world...http://www.rollonfriday.com/TheNews/EuropeNews/tabid/58/Id/5560/fromTab/36/currentIndex/10/Default.aspx

Clearly, the so-called leader in London is Norbert? “That one is Norbert, he’s an idiot”.

Anonymous 05 Mar 18

stop whining about the weather. A few inches of snow in london. " dangerous conditions " get a life

"Interesting - I wonder if people being forced to travel in genuinely dangerous conditions (i.e. people living in the actual countryside/not zone 3) with un-iced roads etc would have any claim against Jones Day in the event they got injured by being forced to travel when not safe? Probably not as I guess an employers duty of care probably doesn't stretch that far but its pretty woeful publicity"

Anonymous 06 Mar 18

Reading through the thread, the last comment really misses the point. We can all cope with a couple of inches in London, the problem is a lot of the train companies cannot. I am sure we all saw the commuters walking on the track at Lewisham and the people sleeping on the luggage racks, this is what people have to cope with. All they ask from Jones Day is some flexibility and to put the welfare of staff first. It really is not much to ask!

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