Across London and other parts of the UK businesses have been faced with the aftermath of damaged premises. For those who’s businesses were not sabotaged in the riots there employees found it difficult, and some unable to make it into work, after three nights of rioting.

Bar Huberman, employment law editor at XpertHR, explained that, while crime scenes and damaged property in the affected areas meant that some businesses couldn’t open , in other areas staff struggled to get to work with transport disruption and safety fears.

“In these circumstances, an employer should consider allowing employees to work flexibly, for example making up the time at another date or working from home, rather than deducting employees’ pay or instigating the disciplinary procedure,” Huberman said.

“If an employer’s business premises are damaged and it cannot open as normal, it could ask employees to perform work outside their regular duties, for example cleaning, depending on the employment contract. If the workplace is shut and the employer sends employees home, they may still need to be paid.”

In the coming days and weeks, some employers may also face the dilemma of how to deal with staff who have been involved in criminal activity during the riots.

According to XpertHR guidance, an employer may be able to discipline an employee who has been involved in or is being investigated for their involvement in the riots, depending on the connection of the crime to the employee’s work.