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Pandemic FAQ

Question
Could an agency take disciplinary action against an employee who is absent without leave (AWOL) despite the employee’s good faith efforts to report for work?
Answer
An agency may discipline an employee who is Absent Without Leave (AWOL).  The decision to take such action is at the discretion of the agency, after consideration of the facts and circumstances regarding the unauthorized absence.  Employees having difficulty reporting to work should discuss the circumstances of their absence with their supervisor in a timely manner.


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