Here's a checklist of the information you must have in your policy to make it effective.
Include these seven points to your absenteeism policy
#1: State that your employee is required to fill in a leave form for any sick or other leave taken so you're aware of when your employees are absent from duty.
#2: Make it clear that your employee must produce a medical certificate for any sick leave taken. Try to encourage employees to bring medical certificates even if they've just taken one day off.
#3: Indicate that your employee must contact his manager within a reasonable period of time if he'll be absent from work and he must advise how long he'll be away from work.
#4: Define what you regard as a reasonable level of absenteeism. State that if an employee's absence exceeds that level, you'll start a counselling process to investigate and address the reasons he's absent.
#5: Indicate what steps you'll take to support an employee who's trying to remedy unacceptable levels of absence.
#6: Include incentives or rewards for substantial improvements in levels of attendance or for full attendance over specified periods.
#7: Indicate that if your employee continues to be frequently absent after you've given him a reasonable period for improvement, you may dismiss him.
Including these points to will help ensure your absenteeism policy is effective.