CHAPTER FOUR: EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS 4.2

A. Attendance

Being on time is an important element of job performance and an essential function of all positions. If for any reason an employee cannot report for work on time, they are expected to follow departmental procedure in reporting the absence directly to their supervisor or the designated person as far in advance of their scheduled starting time as possible.

Attendance Standards. These guidelines cover some typical circumstances and are not intended to be all-inclusive. There are many variables that could apply to each employee's circumstances, such as the seriousness of an illness or injury, the length of recovery, the frequency and nature of prior absences, overall performance, length of service, and impact of the absence on the department. As a result of these variables, the specifics of each situation will be reviewed carefully before applying any guidelines. Attendance may be considered unacceptable if:

  • at any time a pattern of absences is apparent, that is, the same day(s) of the week are taken off as sick days on a repeated basis, regardless of the actual number of days taken.
  • an employee is absent and has not been in contact with their supervisor prior to the start of the work schedule, regardless of the actual number of days taken. If an employee expects to be absent for more than five workdays, they are responsible for personally speaking with their supervisor at least once each week, unless instructed to do otherwise.
  • an employee is late to work or leaves work early without their supervisor's approval, or extends a break or meal period, more than an average of once a month.

These guidelines are intended to help employees understand the importance of good attendance.

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