Deal with an employee who has failed to return from annual leave

Key points

  • If an employee fails to return to work after a period of annual leave and has not made contact in advance, the employer should make efforts to contact the employee regarding the unauthorised absence by appropriate means.
  • On the employee's return to work, the employer should investigate the matter, and, if appropriate, initiate its disciplinary procedure.
  • The employer will not usually be obliged to pay the employee their normal pay for the unauthorised absence.

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