Are you prepared for St Patrick's Day and increased absence?

Kevin Bennett

March 13 2020

Due to the coronavirus, St Patrick’s Day parades throughout the island of Ireland have been cancelled. Regardless, many of your employees may still go ahead with celebration plans, even if venues begin to close due to capacity restrictions.  

It’s possible their fun might go too far and leave you understaffed. If so, what should you do?  

Put an absenteeism policy in place

An absenteeism policy that outlines how you deal with employee absence will help. It will ensure you in handle any absence in a fair and consistent manner.  

Has the employee complied with the policy?  

An absenteeism policy should require employees to notify you of their absence as soon as possible. Confirm if the employee has made any efforts to contact you in the manner required by your policy.  

Establish contact

Make contact with the absent employee to figure out why they’re absent. Also, record the methods you used to establish contact.

Do I have to pay absent employees?  

There’s no legal obligation for you to pay employees during unauthorised periods of absence. That is, of course, unless your employment contracts state so. Otherwise, employees have no entitlement to receive pay during unauthorised absences.

Schedule a return to work interview

A return to work interview will help you understand the reasoning behind an employee’s absence. This should be conducted the day they return to work.

What about repeat offenders?

It may be the case that you’re dealing with a repeat offender. If so, formal disciplinary action to put a stop to intermittent short-term absences may be necessary.

Assess the situation

Unauthorised absences can occur for many reasons. Whatever the reason, they can still be frustrating and costly for your business.

While this can be an annoyance, it’s best to approach the situation in a professional manner. Assess the absence with a thorough investigation before deciding what action to take. 

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