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  • Cover your bases if an employee often goes AWOL
  • Some employees do all they can to stay away from work - call in sick in the morning, go home early so they don't miss a doctor's appointment, not come in at all because it's their aunt's funeral (AGAIN!). That's all good and well if it's already been discussed with you beforehand or they bring you proof of their absence, like a sick note. But what do you do if your employee goes absent without lea... ››› more
  • [18 January 2017]
  • A much needed clarification: How to distinguish absenteeism from desertion
  • Do you know when an employee's absence changes from absence without permission (AWOL), to actual desertion? In case you don't, we want to tell you that courts see these as two separate offences, and so must you. Here's why... What's the difference between absenteeism from desertion? Absenteeism is generally a short period of time off without the employee getting permission. In this case, he... ››› more
  • [03 January 2017]
  • Revealed: How the CCMA deals with abscondment and how this affects you
  • Abscondment is all too common in the workplace. For instance, an employee goes on leave or even lunch and doesn't come back to work. And you even get the impression he doesn't intend to return. But don't be fooled. It's not that easy to deal with abscondment. One wrong move could land you at the CCMA. Make sure you're on the right side of labour law. Read on to discover how the CCMA has dealt with... ››› more
  • [25 October 2016]
  • Your employee absconded? Follow these six steps to deal with him
  • Let's assume one of your employees hasn't come to work for a week. You can't get hold of him and you have no idea if he's coming back to work. He's literally just absconded. What should you do in this situation? Let's have a look... Desertion or abscondment is when your employee is absent for so long you get the impression he doesn't intend to return to work. He hasn't informed you of his where... ››› more
  • [21 October 2016]
  • Read this before you dismiss an AWOL employee or be prepared for an unfair dismissal case
  • Want to know why so many employers find themselves at the CCMA or Labour Court for unfair dismissal? It's simple. They deal with absenteeism without permission or AWOL incorrectly, say the experts at the Labour & HR Club. And if you decide on the spot that your employee has absconded or deserted with the intention to never return and dismiss him, he can take you to the CCMA and he'll probabl... ››› more
  • [25 July 2016]
  • Two question every employer must ask when dealing with workplace desertion
  • An employee of yours has been absent from work, without authorisation, for a long time now, and has made no attempt to contact you. This will naturally lead you to assume that she's deserted your company, after which you'll more than likely wish to dismiss her. But don't rush the gun here! Before you actually go ahead and dismiss an employee for desertion, it's highly recommended that you as... ››› more
  • [12 May 2016]
  • 6 Actions to follow when dealing with an absconded employee
  • Has one of your employees absconded? If so, then there are 6 important actions you must take in dealing with it correctly. If you don't, you could be sitting with a bad case of unfair dismissal. They are as follows... ***Must have*** What can you do when you think your employee's gone AWOL? Your employee hasn't shown up for work all week. And you have no idea if he's ever coming b... ››› more
  • [25 February 2016]
  • Know these 3 abscondment cases BEFORE dismissing and avoid an unfair dismissal
  • So, one of your employees hasn't come to work for a week. She hasn't contacted you, and you can't even get hold of her. All in all, you have no idea what's happening with her, and are uncertain if she'll even come back to work. What do you do now? Well, before taking any hasty actions, take note of what happened, in the following 3 cases, with regard to abscondment, and see what you can l... ››› more
  • [04 February 2016]
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