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Human Resources

Attendance and Tardiness

Bentley provides generous time off that is intended to help employees attend to their needs for time away from work. In turn, employees are expected to arrive at work punctually and to be at work during the time they are scheduled to work. Consistent attendance and punctuality is essential to staying current with work and to performing jobs well.  Excessive tardiness or absences, either in duration or frequency; unexcused absences; unauthorized departures from work; patterns of unexcused, unplanned absences (e.g. Mondays and Fridays, immediately before or after holidays); and/or unreported absences may result in loss of pay and/or disciplinary action, up to and including termination

Tardiness - Employees who are going to be late for any reason must notify their supervisors by their normal starting time.  This notice must include an explanation for the tardiness and a statement of the expected arrival time at work.  Additional supporting documentation may be required.  Employees should make every effort to get to work as soon as possible after notifying their supervisor.

Absences - Employees who are going to be absent for any reason must notify their supervisors by their normal starting time. Employees should explain why they cannot come in and how long they expect to be absent. Employees are expected to call each day that they are absent, unless they and their supervisors have agreed otherwise. Bentley reserves the right to require employees to provide medical documentation if the employee is absent for three or more consecutive days due to illness or injury. Employees who have been absent for three or more consecutive days may be asked to provide medical clearance from their physician that they are able to return to work and resume their duties with or without restrictions.  In some instances, employees may be required to provide medical documentation for absences of less than three days.

If employees know in advance that they will be tardy or absent, they should so notify their supervisor with as much advance notice as possible.  However, even pre-arranged absences will become part of an employee’s attendance record and will be considered when evaluating his/her overall record.

Employees who are absent from work for more than three days may be eligible for leave pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Employees with questions about FMLA eligibility should contact their HR Business Partner.  Employees will not be disciplined for absences or tardiness related to a designated FMLA leave or a reasonable accommodation for a disability covered by the ADA.

Employees who are absent for three or more consecutive work days without notice may be considered to have voluntarily resigned, unless there are extenuating circumstances.



Date last revised:  April 15, 2015