This directive describes employee attendance requirements and department and employee responsibilities when employees are absent, arrive at work late, or leave work early.
Bargaining unit employees are responsible for following the attendance requirements in the Collective Agreement.
The deputy head will ensure that the method of recording employee attendance and absences from work supports the government payroll system and is capable of providing information to the Public Service Commissioner as required.
Opted out or excluded employee and managers are required to have the prior approval of their supervisor for any absence from work except sick leave. Managers do not normally have specific hours of work.
Employees who work shifts and who are absent without prior approval must communicate the reason for their absence to their supervisor at least one hour prior to the time they were expected to be at work. Employees who do not work shifts and who are absent without prior approval must communicate the reason for their absence to their supervisor within one hour of the time they were expected to be at work. The supervisor may determine what further communication is required during the absence.
Employees who are absent without prior approval and who fail to communicate the reasons for their absence for three consecutive days will be deemed to have abandoned their position and may be terminated. Employees may be reinstated if they can explain, to the satisfaction of the deputy head, why they were unable to communicate with their supervisor.
Employees may be deducted for late arrivals or early departures at the discretion of their supervisor. Employees who are continually late or who leave early without prior approval are subject to disciplinary action.
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