Can we discipline an employee for unauthorised absence as a result of a Christmas party?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 7 December 2010
In general, employers are lenient with staff returning to work after a Christmas party. You may feel, however, that if an employee calls in sick the day after the Christmas party, he or she is pulling a “sickie” due to the amount he or she drank the night before.
You can treat unauthorised absence as a disciplinary matter. The problem with doing so, however, is being able to prove that the employee is not genuinely sick. Mere suspicion will not be enough.
It is a good idea to warn employees in advance of the party that disciplinary action may be taken for unauthorised absence. You should also
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