Notes on Abandonment of Employment Policy

Guidelines for drafting a policy to be used by management in determining whether an employee has abandoned their employment.

Employees are generally considered to have abandoned their employment if they are absent from their employment continuously for 3 working days without notification or the employer’s consent.
 
Sometimes an award or agreement will cover this issue, but otherwise the employer should have a policy to be used by management in determining whether an employee has abandoned their employment.
 
Guidelines for drafting a policy
 
Issues which should be included are:
  • the principles which management will use to determine whether an employee has abandoned his or her employment
  • establishing that the employee’s absence is unauthorised
  • how attempts to contact the absent employee will be made
  • the time frames within which any attempt to contact the absent employees will be made
  • termination will proceed if no reply is received within the time frame or the excuse for the absence is
  • unsatisfactory
  • the date of the employee’s last day of attendance to be regarded as the employee terminating his/her employment without notice.
 
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