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Ms Lee
08/07/2010 12:27:42
Re: Warning Letter for Emergency Leave

I received a warning letter recently for taking emergency leave. Our company has a procedure whereby employees are required to apply for leave by giving 5 days advance notice. Any leave taken without giving the said advance notice is considered emergency leave. If we have taken emergency leave for 5 times a year, the employee is given a warning letter where the contents states that if he/she takes EL again disciplinary action will be taken. My question is this: if I have seek prior approval from my boss after giving reasons for the EL and he has given his consent, can my boss issue me a warning letter for the EL that he had given prior approval? Please note that the EL that I took are also unpaid. Your advice is very much appreciated.
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KL Siew
08/07/2010 17:02:49
To me, emergency leave without proper reasons are very disruptive especially in production. Emergency leave should be strongly discouraged even it is unpaid. It is useful for employers to define "emergency leave" and emergency leave can only be taken on occasions so defined. Planning your leave properly will help to solve the problem.
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Ms Lee
15/07/2010 11:52:28
Thank you for your reply.

However, you did not answer my question. The policy states an employee is allowed only 3 times EL a year (not 5 as I mentioned previous). I had taken 4 times. I just wish to know whether my employer can give me a warning letter based on the 4 EL that I have taken and which he has given prior consent. I think the warning should only addressed the 4th EL since the first 3 EL are allowed.
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