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Ask the HR Expert — July 2017

Kathryn Carlson /

Q: We’ve had an employee who hasn’t shown up for work in 2 days. There was no communication. We have a policy about no call, no show as being grounds for voluntary resignation. Is it legal for us to terminate today, the second day of a no call, no show?

A: If your policy states when employees must call in (e.g., at least 15 minutes before the start of a shift), then, yes, termination could occur even before the end of the second day of a no call, no show absence. However, it’s safer to wait until day 3 to terminate this employee.

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