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Unauthorised absence (AWOL) policy

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.


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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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11 March 2021

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