Desertion or abscondment often occurs in the workplace. It is defined as when the employee is absent form the workplace for five or more consecutive days with the intentions of not returning.
We advise employers to include a repudiation clause in the employment contract so that when the above happens, the employee will be deemed to have repudiated the contract. The employer’s disciplinary code and procedures should also make provision for desertion or abscondment. It should clearly stipulate that it may lead to their dismissal. Read more