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Attendance and Punctuality

Responsible Department
Human Resources
Effective Date
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    The purpose of this policy is to clearly state the importance of and requirements for proper attendance and punctuality of employees of the University of North Georgia (the “University”). 

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    1. Job Abandonment – An employee who fails to report to work or fails to follow departmental guidelines for notification of absences for more than three continuous work days may be considered to have abandoned the job.  Job abandonment is a form of resignation, and the employee may be released without application of the policy and procedures on discipline and dismissal.

    2. Personal Leave Balance - Staff – Unexpended vacation and sick leave as well as compensatory time balances that are available for the staff employee’s use at a given time.

    3. Personal Leave Balance – Faculty – Unexpended sick leave that is available for the faculty member’s use at a given time.

    4. Work Period – The time from the beginning of scheduled work hours until the end of scheduled work hours, with consideration for any scheduled work breaks.
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    1. All employees are expected to report for work and be prepared for duty at the beginning of each work period.

    2. All employees are expected to continue their normal activities until the end of each work period.

    3. The University expects that employees will maintain regular attendance sufficient to perform duties and responsibilities productively and efficiently, with minimum disruption to work schedules.

    4. An employee who must be absent or tardy is expected to observe University or work group notification standards and complete a leave request form at the earliest possible opportunity. Complete rules for using Holiday and Leave Time can be found in University Policy “B&F-HR – Holidays and Leave”.

    5. Punctuality and regular attendance are important factors in consideration for job retention and advancement. Abuse or improper use of leave entitlements, including falsification of reasons for leave requests, will be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from employment.

    6. All University employees must have personal leave time available to be compensated for any days missed. Employees who do not have personal leave time available are considered to be in a “Leave Without Pay” (LWOP) status.  If the University does NOT elect to place the employee on LWOP and the employee is not experiencing a Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) qualifying event, his/her employment with the University will be terminated.
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    Support Info

    1. The University encourages good attendance habits and punctuality on the part of its employees to carry out the academic, and business support activities of the university. Absenteeism and tardiness place a burden on other employees and on the University.

    2. This document replaces North Georgia College & State University Policy & Procedure 829.0, which was in effect from May 9, 2007 through consolidation.
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    Any related operating procedures must comply with and should reference this policy.

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