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Author: Lynda Macdonald


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

As a line manager, you should take steps to address timekeeping where, for example, an employee regularly arrives at work late, overstays their breaks, takes too many breaks, leaves work before the allocated time or frequently fails to turn up on time for meetings or team briefings.

You 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. You should aim to be fair, impartial, consistent and reasonable when dealing with timekeeping issues.