Employers are often confronted with the situation where employees are absent without any word of their whereabouts. This has a huge impact on a business’s normal operations and bottom line, as most employers don’t have the luxury of spare capacity concerning their workforce. Absence from the workplace must be addressed effectively to ensure productivity. The Labour Relations Act’s Code of Good Practice provides guidelines to ensure fair labour practice in matters where dismissal is a possibility, including desertion.
When is an employee a deserter?
Desertion is when an employee who is absent from work for more than five days, without notifying the employer and with no intention of returning to the workplace. Absence where the employee does not turn up for work at all, can be very difficult to manage. All employees have an obligation to inform their employers of their absence by any means possible. It is very seldom that there are no means whatsoever available of notifying the employer of the absence.