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An image of a notice from an employer stating that workers “are subject to attendance requirements” if they are a minute late for work has gone viral on Reddit, where it has received over 10,200 upvotes as of the writing of this article.

The image was shared by Reddit user genericuser99999 in a post titled “Even a minute late counts as a whole day missed!”.

The image featured a message from Human Resources that began: “Please note that there is no grace period for late boarding or early boarding and you are subject to attendance discipline as this counts as a full EL [earned leave, the equivalent of annual leave] Day. Documentation must be provided to avoid disciplinary action.

“You are expected to be ready for work at your workstation at the start of your shift and remain there until breaks or the end of your shift,” the statement concluded.

A completed weekly sheet on the table.
A stock image of a weekly timesheet filled in with ink and seen on a table. A post about an employer counting a minute late at work as “missed all day” went viral on Reddit.
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According to a 12-month analysis (March 2018-March 2019) of 1.2 million global work shifts in a study by Deputy, a workforce management software platform, an average of 6 percent of American hourly workers are late for work, HR Dive reported in May 2019.

In a March 2018 survey of more than 1,014 hiring and HR managers in the United States, conducted by CareerBuilder, the jobs website, one in four workers (25 percent) admitted they were late for work at least once a month arrives, down from 29 percent in 2017. Over a tenth (12 percent) reported being late once a week.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Human Resources Management states, “If you’re going to be late for work and you’re not excused, there are a few ways to account for the lateness.”

Options include the following, as described on the department’s website:

  • With the supervisor’s consent, it is possible to catch up on the same day, “provided that the extension does not lead to a claim for an additional payment”.
  • At your request, and with the approval of your manager, your absence may be “credited against compensatory time worked, credit hours accrued, annual leave accrual or LWOP [leave without pay].”
  • You might click AWOL [absent without official leave] (supervised).”

The bureau states, “If you are placed on leave or placed in unpaid status for unauthorized absence or tardiness, your manager may not require or allow you to perform work while you are on leave or in unpaid status.”

In a later comment, the original poster on the Reddit post said, “We’re a 24-hour facility… I believe if an operation is running 24 hours a day, then every relevant department should also be staffed 24 hours a day… so HR [human resources] be and maintenance and vehicle repair technician etc.

Ask if there are “staff who are there 24 hours a day”, the original poster said “absolutely yes” if you count, “robots or automated systems have replaced human employees”.

However: “There are also people there all the time, but only about 3,000, where there used to be … I don’t know, 15,000? Certainly a lot more than we have now,” said the user.

Several other Redditors could relate to the original poster’s frustration, with some sharing their own similar stories.

In a comment that received 4,400 upvotes, user ironicmirror said, “Be sure to stick your head in HR to let them know you’re a minute late, so go home.”

In a comment that received 4,000 upvotes, user pork0rc said, “I’ve worked at a place like this before. A few times I knew I was just going to be a little late, so I turned around in the parking lot and just went home. Why not.” ?”

In a comment that received 1,100 upvotes, user notyourbrobro10 said, “So I used to say, ‘Even a minute late is a late’, ok cool, then I’m 5 hours late instead of 5 minutes. Happy?”

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