We are a small service based business. Our clients rely on our timeliness. We have one part-time employee. He did not show up and did not call yesterday. He agreed to a time and location the day before. My husband tried calling and texting him with no response. The employee happens to be his brother. I also text and asked if he is alive and well. I received only a response of “I am alive” from him at what would have been the end of his work day. No explanation for absence or not calling or if he would be at work the next day. He still has not responded to my husband who is in charge of his schedule and duties. We don’t have an employee policy book being as small as we are. We have told him on several occasions that we require 2 weeks notice for time off. Last year he started working with us and he had an issue with complying but was at least calling when he wasn’t going to be there last minute. And we have always honored his time off requests when they are in advance and even in most cases when they aren’t. We do provide sick leave as required and he has only a few hours available. We aren’t sure of our legal rights to protect us from this so it does not continue.
If the employee does not have a contract, then your policies must be followed. If the employee did not show up for work and no policy protects an unexcused absence, Washington is an "at will " state and you can let the employee go without reason or notice. You should have an employment lawyer review your policy handbook if you are not sure of the rights and responsibilities under your policies.
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