Tackle Attendance Problems

Key Points

  • Dealing with absenteeism continues to be a costly, common problem for employers. Employers should develop policies addressing employee attendance requirements for training programs, special events and particular hours or shifts. Employers should ensure that internal policies address business interruptions due to inclement weather, natural disasters and other circumstances beyond the employee's and employer's control.
  • Employers should enforce attendance policies to further business goals, increase workplace morale, and foster a collaborative environment. Disciplinary procedures should be communicated clearly and implemented fairly so as to avoid claims of discrimination or retaliation.
  • Employers should ensure laws regulating leaves, including military, disability and maternity leaves, are followed. Supervisors and other employer representatives should be mindful of the documentation and procedures required for each law, as well as the attendant employee and employer responsibilities.

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