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How Should Employers Manage the Attendance of Newly Hired Employees?

Magazine article HRMagazine

How Should Employers Manage the Attendance of Newly Hired Employees?

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Managing a new employee's attendance begins during the interview and hiring process, when HR and the hiring man- ager communicate their expectations for regular attendance and punctuality. Managers must understand the organi- zation's attendance policies and how to fairly apply those policies. They should also be familiar with state and federal laws governing attendance and leave, such as the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Attendance problems should be addressed quickly. The longer they go on, the more frustrated managers and co-workers will get.

The first step toward addressing the issue is to understand the cause of the absences. If they are related to a medi- cal condition, determine whether the ill- ness could be considered an ADA-pro- tected disability. If so, the employer must engage in an interactive process with the employee to determine whether a reason- able accommodation can be made. Under the ADA, healthy employees may also be entitled to protections when a family member has a disability. In California, pregnant employees are afforded job pro- tections upon hire for pregnancy-related absences. …

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