The employee attendance policy at Vanderbilt University defines key terms such as "absent," "tardy" and "failure to clock in," provides the notification procedure for time off work, and outlines the discipline procedure used for a rolling 12-month period. Differences for holidays and the new hire orientation period are clearly outlined. The policy provides the expectations and the notification procedure of requesting time off in advance and for sick time.
An employee absentee policy should create clear definitions for work hours, lateness, missed work, benefits, holidays, jury duty, company leave, military leave, and leave of absence. All policies for businesses and companies that qualify must follow the federal laws outlined in the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, as well as any state laws regarding workers' compensation.
Clearly outlining the company policy regarding religious holidays that are not otherwise listed from the beginning can eliminate confusion or misunderstandings at a later time. Creating a section dedicated to disciplinary measures and other consequences for not following the official policies helps employers to avoid claims of discrimination and favoritism in the case of disputes.