Recording Absence

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Employees take time off work for a whole range of reasons such as sickness, maternity, paternity and adoption leave, parental leave, emergency time off for dependants, jury service, public duties, medical or dental appointments, attending a funeral, etc. It is therefore very important to record all types of absenceso that you an more readily identify any issues that may be developing in an individual employee’s overall level of attendance. Whenever an employee is off sick, our advice is not only to record the fact that they are off sick but also the reason. We find that many companies only record full days of absence but in our experience it is becoming increasingly more common for employees to stay over the lunch period and then decide they have to go home so record the exact number of hours taken off. This will help to identify an employee who is regularly coming in late and going home early with all manner of excuses.

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