Unpaid Leave Termination

Can HR terminate an employee due to excessive use of unpaid leave?

Regarding your question on termination due to excessive use of unpaid leave, it is important to first refer to the employment contract and company policy on unpaid leave.

If the employee has exceeded the maximum allowable unpaid leave days as stated in the employment contract and company policy, the company may need to take action to address the situation.

The first step would be to have a conversation with the employee to understand the reasons for the excessive use of unpaid leave and explore if there are any alternatives or solutions that can be considered.

In some cases, the employee may have valid reasons such as personal or family emergencies that require their attention.

If after the discussion, the employee continues to take excessive unpaid leave and it is causing significant disruption to the company’s operations, the company may need to consider taking disciplinary action.

This could include issuing a warning letter or termination of employment.

However, it is important to note that termination of employment should always be a last resort and should only be done in accordance with the Employment Act and other relevant employment laws in Singapore.

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