What to Do when an Employee Fails to Report For Work for Several DaysAtty Elvin
Absences are among the major headaches of employers who expect their employees to be at their productive best. There are several reasons why employers wish their workers are present to work.
Among the reasons are coordination with other workers, meeting deadlines, hitting targets and general alignment with the momentum or thrust of the organization.
Nonetheless, there are employees who simply do not show up on a day they are expected to be present. Employers normally would like to wait out for days until such employees report for work giving them benefit of the doubt. In certain cases, the employees would never come back anymore. In other situations they would report after a week or longer.
In that situation what should companies do?
The best practice is for the company to issue the Notice to Explain (NTE) with directive to return to work on the first day of seemingly unauthorized absence. The absence may be unauthorized if there is no prior leave form filed or notice/call from employees on the day of absence as to their status.
Below is the diagram of the process that may be observed in this case:
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