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Put your attendance and tardiness policies in writing

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You naturally expect people to show up for work on time. But you could get into trouble if you don’t have a written policy saying so. Having written rules makes it more likely employees will understand your expectations.

Recent case: William Lake, who is black, was a probationary employee with Yellow Transportation. His supervisor explained that he couldn’t miss work, but there were no written policies that spelled out what could cause a probationary employee to lose his job.

Lake was late twice and fired.

He sued, alleging that several white probationary employees had missed entire days without losing their jobs.

The company argued that tardiness was different under its policy. But since it wasn’t written, the court said Lake could point to the white employees at trial to prove discrimination. (Lake v. Yellow Transportation, No. 09-1392, 8th Cir., 2010)

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