Staff are expected to notify their manager on the first day of any absence from work due to illness or injury or other non pre-authorised leave. Employees must contact their manager or nominated administrator by telephone within two hours of the normal time of starting work, or as soon as practicable thereafter.
When staff do not notify the university of their absence, their absence is deemed an unauthorised absence and as an employer we will try to contact the absent member of staff as soon as possible, including using any emergency contact if necessary to ensure the safety of the employee.
The University will offer support for absent employees and help them to return to work as appropriate, however, If the employee cannot provide a good reason for the absence and lack of contact, we may consider disciplinary action.
The following procedure is to be followed when a member of staff goes missing /does not report for work as expected, and is based on guidance from the Missing People Charity.
The missing people Charity report that ‘Over 100,000 adults are reported missing each year; 75% of adults are found in 24 hours, 85% within two days, but 5% of adults will be missing longer than a week. If you feel that an employee who goes missing may be at risk, it counts as an emergency; do not hesitate to call the emergency services’.