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Extended Leave

Extended Leave

We often have employees taking agreed extended leave to visit family abroad, usually of a period of 4 weeks or more.

We are finding more and more that employees go AWOL or sick towards the end of their extended unpaid leave.

Our current policy and extended leave agreement forms are quite out of date and I am seeking to update these. Can anybody offer me any advice or examples of policies on this issue? I'd really like to tighten up the policy to minimise these occurances. If anybody would like to contact me, my tel number ia 01904 522735. Thanks
Victoria Rigby

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22nd Jun 2006 06:50

Victoria
i suspect your forms are ok but your implementation is not.
You need to crack down on this abuse but this is easier said than done to avoid claims of race discrim and automatically unfair dismissals

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22nd Jun 2006 17:28

At the moment we employ a number of Polish staff who like to go home for Christmas, they are required to use their Annual Holiday entitlement to cover this 'Holiday'. Should they fail to return to work due to sickness we must follow the HMRC guidelines relating to SSP. Should they take Unauthorised Leave i.e. absence without a valid reason then this is dealt with through our disciplinary process. I hope this is of help.

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