Attendance policies are complicated by laws and regulations such as the Family Medical Leave Act and the legal requirements in this area may soon change if comp time or other legislation is passed. In any case, it is a good idea to include a general statement about attendance -- you can use this policy to ensure there are no misunderstandings about attendance expectation.
Small Business Notes
Employees are expected to arrive at work before they are scheduled to start and be at their work station productively engaged in Small Business Notes business by the scheduled start time. All time off must be requested in advance and submitted in writing, as outlined in the appropriate categories with the exception of sick leave. See Sick Leave and other categories for specific details.
Small Business Notes views attendance as an important facet of your job performance review. All unapproved absences will be noted in the employee's personnel file. Excessive absences, including for Sick Leave, will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.