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Unauthorised absence: checklist

Sarah-Marie Williams of Clyde & Co LLP continues a series of articles on unauthorised absence with a checklist to help employers deal with and reduce unauthorised absence. Employers that make clear their rules on absence and how employees should report it may experience lower levels of unauthorised absence than those that do not. 

1.  Have a clear absence policy and procedure. 

It is advisable for employers to implement a policy and procedure on absence. The policy should be clear and unambiguous, and set out how the employer will deal with absence, including unauthorised absence. If employees are made aware that their employer will investigate unauthorised absences and may invoke its disciplinary procedure, this is likely to deter employees from being absent without a good reason.