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Absenteeism policy


When employees leave work unexpectedly or don’t report to work as scheduled, it costs their employers money. Establishing a clearly communicated absenteeism policy governing unscheduled absences, tardiness, and other common employee attendance issues can make things much easier on your human resources team. It may seem like common sense that employees are expected to notify their supervisor if they need to make an early departure or can’t make it to work at their scheduled starting time, but you’re better off having it in writing, along with the disciplinary action for violations.

A strong absenteeism policy should cover not only obvious violations like no-call no-show absences for a scheduled shift and job abandonment, but also lay out guidelines for legitimate reasons for altering one’s work schedule, such as sick leave, paid time off, medical leave, military leave, and both long- and short-term disability.

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