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HR Quick Takes: Absenteeism - November 13, 2019

Q: We have a lot of shift work in a 24/7 industry, and we really struggle with absenteeism.  Can I fine employees for failure to show up or to get their own replacement?

A: No, Iowa Code 91A, The Wage Payment and Collection Act, does not allow you to fine (take money from a paycheck or charge or fine) employees for reasons of this type.

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