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Unauthorised absence 1st reminder letter template

When to use it

A model letter to use where someone is taking unauthorised absence from work (AWOL) and has not replied to calls/voicemails.

[Company name]

[Sender address]


[Recipient name]

[Recipient address]

Dear [Recipient first name],


I am concerned that you have been absent from work since [date], but have not attempted to make contact with your line manager or myself to inform us of your whereabouts.

Please contact

The full Unauthorised absence 1st reminder letter template will be available once purchased.

Reviewed 1 May 2022

Absence explained

Absence can come in many forms, some unavoidable (emergencies), some vital (family, holidays - for wellbeing), some manageable (education, long term absences), and some unwanted (such as absenteeism - short term sickness). It refers to any time taken off work by an employee and is usually categorised into authorised and unauthorised absence.

Authorised absence refers to absence approved by someone with permission to do so, and includes annual leave, time off in lieu (TOIL), reasonable sick leave, and parental leave.

Unauthorised absence occurs when the employee is not given permission for absence, or is not given permission after it has occurred, and can include long-term sick leave without reasonable supporting evidence, persistent lateness, or holiday not being agreed in line with the Company's policies.