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    Default Re: Dealing With Frequent Absences

    I believe it depends on lots of factors.

    In Brazil, things are more or less pretty clear cut ó we have a specific legislation regarding missing work days. You can take up to 2 days per year to take your children to a doctorís appointment, without having your pay docked or your work contract compromised.

    After these 2 days, you can have your payment docked. A single day of missing work wonít have greater repercussions. Two or more days (in a row or not), without the express authorization of the employer will be followed by a formal oral reprimand. After this reprimand, if the behavior continues and the employer doesnít authorize it, you will receive a formal warning, by writing. After that, you can be fired.

    Most employers in Brazil are quite flexible and will accommodate the employee, particularly if said employee works hard and takes overtime on other days to compensate for the missing work. But when people abuse the system, they are fired.

    One thing the employer of a small firm could try is to have a home-office agreement. If that is possible, the employee with the sick children can work from home so the work is done and no one is harmed in the process.

    Often itís easier to accommodate a good employee than to train a new one, so think about that.

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    Default Re: Dealing With Frequent Absences

    Quote Originally Posted by qpeny View Post
    I believe it depends on lots of factors.

    In Brazil, things are more or less pretty clear cut — we have a specific legislation regarding missing work days. You can take up to 2 days per year to take your children to a doctor’s appointment, without having your pay docked or your work contract compromised.

    After these 2 days, you can have your payment docked. A single day of missing work won’t have greater repercussions. Two or more days (in a row or not), without the express authorization of the employer will be followed by a formal oral reprimand. After this reprimand, if the behavior continues and the employer doesn’t authorize it, you will receive a formal warning, by writing. After that, you can be fired.

    Most employers in Brazil are quite flexible and will accommodate the employee, particularly if said employee works hard and takes overtime on other days to compensate for the missing work. But when people abuse the system, they are fired.

    One thing the employer of a small firm could try is to have a home-office agreement. If that is possible, the employee with the sick children can work from home so the work is done and no one is harmed in the process.

    Often it’s easier to accommodate a good employee than to train a new one, so think about that.
    As many others said as well, the first step is to have a clear system like you described here. Another point is communication. I think it's much more understandable when employees explain why they had to leave or ask before they do. That's also the reason why some employer might be more flexible. All situations need to be checked individually, but clear rules, whcih evrybody knows from the start are a great help on both sides.

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