Employers have the right to set reasonable call-off requirements for when an employee will miss a shift or arrive late. Employees can be required to follow those rules. If someone doesn’t, you can discipline him—even if you approvedfor the absence.
But beware: If you don’t consistently enforce the call-off rule, you may be on the losing end of anlawsuit.
Bottom line: If you are going to have a strict call-off rule, enforce it each and every time. Don’t let some employees text their notification, for example, while others have to make a phone call.
Recent case: Delbert worked for Tyson Fresh Meats as a supervisor. He did not come to work on Dec. 28 because he was sick. Instead of calling in, he had his girlfriend (also a Tyson employee) tell his boss that he was ill and would be out for a few days. However, Delbert had his supervisor’s cellphone number and sent her a text before the start of his shift notify...(register to read more)