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17/09/2020

How many days can an employee be AWOL?

How many days can an employee be AWOL?

How long? Although the law does not state a specific period after which an employer can assume that the employee does not intend returning to work, in practice, it is generally accepted that the period should not be less than five days.

What happens when an employee goes AWOL?

Going AWOL automatically disqualifies you from enjoying the financial benefits of an official resignation. For many companies, depriving AWOL employees of back pay is punishment enough. Employees who fail to tender their resignation notice break the code. This gives their former employers the right to sue for damages.

What happens if an employee does not show up for work?

Ask the employee to explain the no-shows. It may be a time scheduling concern or it may be due to a lack of motivation. Ask the employee what his or her long-term goals within the company are. Then create an action plan for minimizing lost time at work.

Can you dismiss an employee for not showing up to work?

Employers should not jump to conclusions that the employee has simply taken the decision not to turn up for work. Employers may be left in the position where they have no other option but to consider dismissing the employee because of the prolonged length of the unauthorised absence.

Is AWOL misconduct or gross misconduct?

is absent from work for any other reason without permission. 2.2 If an employee is absent from work without good cause and/or fails to properly and effectively notify the manager of his/her absence, this may be treated as a serious disciplinary offence, potentially constituting gross misconduct.

What are the consequences of AWOL?

For instance, being AWOL for less than three days can result in a maximum penalty of confinement for one month and forfeiture of two-thirds pay for one month. After 30 days or more, service members face dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and a one-year confinement.

How serious is AWOL?

Desertion is the most serious AWOL offense. Outside of these circumstances, desertion faces a maximum penalty of 5 years of confinement, dishonorable discharge, and forfeiture of all pay. There are measures a service member can take if they face punishments due to AWOL.

Can you terminate an employee for not showing up to work?

When an employee doesn’t show up for work, the employer is often placed in a difficult position. While the employee may be reliable, a failure to show up jeopardizes the efficiency of the company. The employee may therefore wish to fire the employee. In most cases, this is perfectly legal.

Can you be fired for not showing up to work?

Firing an employee during his or her day off is a complicated question in employment law. Unfortunately for most workers the answer is: yes. You can be fired on your day off for refusing to show up at work if your employer asks you to come.

What does it mean to be AWOL at work?

Let’s take it one step at a time. AWOL (Absent Without Leave) is exactly that. It usually pertains to the employee who does not come to work and then does not phone in to advise why they are not at work.

Where to get labour law advice in South Africa?

In the light of this decision employers are advised to get proper labour law advice before acting against employees who break the rules. Ivan Israelstam is the chief executive of Labour Law Management Consulting. You can contact him on 011-888-7944 or 082-852-2973 or via e-mail on [email protected]

When does an employee go AWOL or is it desertion?

WHEN AN EMPLOYEE GOES “AWOL” OR IS IT DESERTION? Companies’ policies often stipulate that employees’ services automatically terminate if they abscond from service for a specified period.

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