Lessons you can learn from Parliament's new absenteeism rules
No workplace is immune to employee absenteeism. So it's no surprise to discover that Parliament is facing this problem.
The good thing is it's recognised the problem and has taken drastic steps to deal with Members of Parliament who are absent without permission.
The SABC reports that Parliament's Multi Party Joint Rules Committee has adopted a leave and attendance policy.
According to the new rules, if an MP who serves permanently on a Portfolio Committee is absent for three consecutive committee meetings without permission from his political party, he'll pay a fine of R1000 for each meeting he's absent from.
If he's absent for 15 or more consecutive sittings of the National Assembly or the National Council of Provinces, he could lose their Parliamentary seat.
In the report, Stone Sizani, the ANC's Chief Whip in Parliament, says the adoption of the policy is a step in the right direction as it'll make MP's more accountable and more transparent in the execution of their task.
While you don't have to go as far as fining your employees R1000 for being absent, you must have an absenteeism policy in place.
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