Can my employer write me up for tardiness if I have given notice prior to each event?

I am an hourly, non-contract employee.

Posted  06-10-2014

Ann Kiernan replies:

Even if you have a perfectly reasonable excuse, your employer is entitled to hold you accountable if you do not show up for work on time. However, if your absences are for personal or family medical reasons, you may be covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act, which grants you up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave. You may want to consult a local employment lawyer to learn more about your rights.

Good luck.

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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.