What do I do? – Absenteeism due to unwell children

Q: We have an employee who works Tuesday to Thursday, but she regularly has Tuesdays off, blaming it on the illness on her children. It is affecting the productivity of the business – what can we do? 
 
A:The employee needs to provide a medical certificate for the Tuesday absences – you should request this of her. 

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If the absences are regularly on a Tuesday, you can have a discussion with the employee about why this is occurring. It is important not to frame this discussion as a disciplinary issue; rather it should focus on what your organisation can do to lessen the absences. This provides the legal basis for you to seek more information about the absences – and if they are not for genuine reasons, make the employee accountable. 

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Jackie Strachan

Jackie Strachan

Jackie’s passion for creating better Human Resources outcomes stems from over 20 years’ experience in the field and a drive for finding innovative solutions.
Her HR career has seen her hold both operational and strategic HR management roles across a vast array of industry sectors including retail, financial services, child protection, professional services, dental, state emergency services, Department of Justice, agency recruitment and IT.
Combining her experience in each specialised area of Human Resources (such as learning & development, recruitment, WHS and employee relations etc), Jackie leads HR Tactics with an industry-respected foundation of knowledge.