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Answer for COVID-19 and attendance issues

Absolutely you can continue to discipline employees for culpable absences. Basically, no need to change your policy due to COVID-19. All you need to do is what you’ve already done–recognize that COVID-19 absences, like any illness-related absences, are NONculpable and apply your normal rules. BTW, required self-isolation due to COVID-19 exposure is also nonculpable absence, even if the employee doesn’t have actual symptoms. Bottom line, as long as you follow your normal policy and treat everybody required under public health guidelines to be absent due to COVID as nonculpable, you’ll be fine. Hope that helps. Glenn