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Author: Lynda Macdonald


This line manager briefing examines the law and good practice on the effective management of timekeeping.

Line managers should take steps to address timekeeping where, for example, an employee regularly arrives at work late, overstays his or her breaks, takes too many breaks, leaves work before the allocated time or frequently fails to turn up on time for meetings or team briefings.

Line managers will often be able to resolve a problem through open discussion with the employee at an early stage. If, however, an informal approach does not lead to a satisfactory improvement, it may be necessary to instigate formal disciplinary action. Line managers should aim to be fair, impartial, consistent and reasonable when dealing with timekeeping issues.

This line manager briefing is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation for training purposes, which should be used in conjunction with the briefing. The briefing and PowerPoint presentation can be adapted for use, subject to the XpertHR terms and conditions of use.

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