(A)   Policy.  All employees shall be at work and on time every day for which they are scheduled to work and return to work when called by their supervisor, unless they have good cause not to do so. Habitual absence or lateness hurts both the department and its employees and shall be cause for disciplinary action.
   (B)   Excused and unexcused absences. An excused absence is an absence for a reason considered valid by an employee’s supervisor. There shall be no disciplinary procedure for an excused absence. Any absence for a reason not considered valid by an employee’s supervisor is an unexcused absence and shall subject the employee to the disciplinary procedure. An employee shall be disciplined for each occasion absent, rather than each day. An occasion may be a single day or two or more consecutive days absent.
   (C)   Procedure.  If an employee must be absent, he or she shall request approval in advance from the supervisor whenever possible. When prior approval cannot be secured, as may be the case in unexpected illness or emergency situations, the employee shall notify the supervisor as soon as possible. Failure to report during any three consecutive days of absence shall result in termination.
(Ord. 53-1988, passed 11-1-1988)