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  • Employment - Attendance procedure
    Attendance procedureOur attendance procedure provides a process for dealing with genuine but persistent short-term sickness absence. It's not suitable for long-term incapacity cases.ApplicationA dismissal due to persistent short-term sickness absence could either be due to conduct, capability or some other substantial reason (SOSR). You should use our Disciplinary Procedure where there's evidence that the employee's sickness absence isn't genuine or where there's any other suspected misconduct relating to sickness...
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  • Employment - Unauthorised absence policy
    Unauthorised absence policyOur policy statement makes it clear that unauthorised absences will not be tolerated and will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure. Whilst this may seem obvious, including it in the staff handbook makes the position crystal clear.AwolIt is more common than you might think for employees to simply fail to report for work. Sometimes, you never hear from the employee again. Usually, this is because they have resigned but couldn't be bothered to let you know. Other times, they...
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  • Employment - Unauthorised absence letter
    Unauthorised absence letterIf an employee fails to report for work without explanation and you're unable to make contact with them by telephone, write to them asking them to clarify whether they have resigned and, if not, warning them that unauthorised absence is a serious disciplinary offence. Don't just assume they've resigned and do nothing.Unauthorised absenceIt's not uncommon for employees to simply fail to report for work without providing any reason for their absence. It often happens without any warning...
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  • Employment - Failure to return from holiday letter
    Failure to return from holiday letterIf an employee fails to return from holiday on time and you're unable to make contact with them by telephone to establish what's going on, write asking them to clarify whether or not they have resigned and, if not, warning them that unauthorised absence is a serious disciplinary offence. Unauthorised absenceIt's not uncommon for employees to simply fail to report for work without providing any reason for their absence. This sometimes happens when an employee is due back from...
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