Address Employee Attendance

Key Points

  • Dealing with employee absenteeism continues to be a costly, common problem for employers. An employer should develop policies addressing employee attendance and punctuality requirements for training programs, special events and particular hours or shifts. An employer 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.
  • An employer 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.
  • An employer should ensure laws regulating leaves, including military, voting and family and medical 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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