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After the Icelandic volcano: what the lawyers expect next

The stragglers among the stranded volcano victims may be arriving home but we are not out of the ash cloud yet. Indeed — from a legal perspective — the crisis has barely started. As people dust themselves down and turn to the paperwork, we start to get a glimmer of what lies ahead.

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Should workers stranded by volcano lose pay?

With no end in sight to the volcanic ash problem which has paralysed travel to and from the UK and most of Europe, hundreds of thousands of workers remain stranded around the world.

It could take many more days – perhaps weeks – for some of them to get home. The situation is creating a staff-shortage crisis for some employers.

And many of those workers stuck abroad could face having their pay docked if they reach the limit of their annual holiday allowance, according to legal experts.

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