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Unauthorised absence (AWOL) policy

Reviewed 11 March 2021

Unauthorised absence is when an employee does not attend work and has not given a reason for their absence or contacted their employer to inform them of their absence.

It can also be called absent without leave (AWOL) or absent without permission.

Unauthorised absence (AWOL)

If you fail to report for work without prior permission or without notifying the Company and you do not have a legitimate reason for your absence, such as sickness absence, this constitutes unauthorised absence.

Unauthorised absence also includes cases of failing to return to work on time from a period of annual leave or other approved leave of absence without reasonable excuse and cases where you take a period of annual leave that has not been approved in advance by your line manager.

Unauthorised absence without good cause is

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