What Is Wal-Mart’s Attendance Policy?

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Wal-Mart workers are allowed three non-consecutive unpaid absences in a rolling 12-month period according to news reports. Wal-Mart’s employee attendance policy is not officially available to the public, but commentary from former employees describes the restrictions on attendance.

In 2006, Wal-Mart revised its attendance policy to make it stricter. Consecutive absences of up to three days may be counted as one absence, and anything beyond that requires a leave of absence as covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act of the United States Department of Labor to protect employees. A third absence results in a personal discussion between the employee and an assistant manager. The fourth absence warrants a verbal coaching, and the fifth absence results in termination.