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  • Frequently Asked Employment Questions - Can we sack an employee who has gone AWOL?
    Yes, but not immediately. Before you do so you'll need to take certain steps as there might be a good reason as to why they're absent without prior permission. So if they haven't arrived within an hour of their start time give them the benefit of the doubt. Try to make contact with them by telephone, text message, personal e-mail, etc. and if that fails have a word with any close colleagues. If they can't offer any explanation, try to contact the employee's nominated next of kin. Keep a detailed file note about...
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  • Frequently Asked Employment Questions - What should we do where an employee has been off sick for over a week but has failed to submit a fit note?
    If an employee is absent without a fit note for more than seven days, you may be entitled to withhold either company sick pay or statutory sick pay (SSP). You should initially try to contact the employee by telephone to find out why no fit note has been provided. If this does not work, write to the employee outlining your sickness absence reporting requirements as set out in your sickness absence policy, pointing out that not only may sick pay be withheld if no evidence of incapacity is provided but also that...
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