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Skidmore College Employee Handbook for Staff

Policies and Practices

Punctuality and Attendance

Skidmore College expects you to report to work on a reliable and punctual basis. Absenteeism, early departures from work, and late arrivals burden your fellow Employees and Skidmore College. If you cannot avoid being late to work or are unable to work as scheduled, you must call your Supervisor as soon as possible and ensure that your pay records reflect these departures and arrivals.

Every time you are absent or late, or leave early, you must provide your Supervisor with the reason for your absence.  You must also inform your Supervisor of the expected duration of any absence. Skidmore College will comply with applicable laws relating to time off from work, but it is your responsibility to provide sufficient information to enable Skidmore College to make a determination about your status and expected return date. You must notify your Supervisor of any change in your status as soon as possible.

The College reserves the right to require any staff member who is absent due to illness to provide a physician’s note to HR confirming the staff member was ill. Patterns of absence that indicate abuse of the sick leave policy can be reason for requiring a medical certification and/or taking disciplinary action.

Excessive absenteeism may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. Continuing patterns of absences, early departures, or tardiness--regardless of the exact number of days--may warrant disciplinary action.

If you fail to report for work without any notification to your Supervisor, you may be considered to have abandoned your employment.

Regular attendance and promptness are considered part of each Employee's essential job functions.

Individuals with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation in complying with these policies. If you have questions about reasonable accommodations, please contact the HR office. You may also find information about reasonable accommodation on the HR website.

If you have questions about leaves, please contact the HR office. You may also find information about the Family Medical Leave Policy (FMLA) on the HR website


If you have questions or require additional information with respect to any Handbook content, please contact Human Resources (extension 5800).

Section 5 - Updated June 2021