A group of lawmakers have asked GAO to take a fresh look at time and attendance problems in agencies by updating a report it previously released in 2003.
The author says that it is a well established fact that managers have the right to establish standards for requiring employee attendance at work. He notes, however, that failure to enforce attendance requirements can result in further attendance problems and lower morale among employees. He says that supervisors should never be afraid to initiate the appropriate action when warranted and cites some cases as precedent for enforcing consistent attendance in the federal workplace.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires an agency to reasonably accommodate the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified employee with a disability. But how does this factor into an employee’s attendance at work?