Know your rights and obligations as an employer to avoid putting your business at risk.

In Brief: When an employee abandons their employment, you need to be clear about your rights and obligations as an employer, to avoid putting your business at risk.

Being absent from work without authorisation or approval, or without supplying a reason, does not alone entitle an employer to dismiss the employee for having “abandoned” their employment. Genuine attempts to understand the reason/s for the employee’s non-attendance should be made before any actions for dismissal are considered.

What you need to know:

  • Abandonment of employment is a situation where:
    • an employee does not attend work; and
    • does not provide to their employer a reason for not attending work; and
    • it is reasonable for an employer to conclude that the