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Last updated May 2024

This chapter explains what you can do to reduce the risk of absenteeism occurring, and how to manage employees who are frequently late or absent from work.

What is absenteeism?

Definition: Absenteeism

Absenteeism refers to frequent absences from work due to sickness or other personal reasons, such as carer responsibilities.

Examples of absenteeism include when an employee:

  • is frequently late for work;
  • is absent from work for a long time due to a long-term illness or injury;
  • takes personal/carer’s leave when they are not entitled to it; and
  • does not meet the evidence and notice requirements for taking leave.