Friday, November 03, 2006

Wal-Mart Attendance Policy Gets Criticized

Wal-Mart just wants to have it's employees show up to work on time. It's difficult to run a business when some people are chronically late. They are taking steps to tighten up their policy and require employees to be on time. Is that asking too much?

If a Wal-Mart employee has seven unexcused absences, they are terminated. I think this is pretty generous. Seven. They are given 10 minutes of grace time before they are considered late. 10 minutes.

Why is this controversial? It's beyond me that there are Wal-Mart haters out there saying this is attempt to weed out unhealthy and costly long term workers as it seeks to cut labor costs. Are the critics saying unhealthy and long term workers the most irresponsible and can't get to work on time? I doubt it.

An employee gets seven chances before they're job is in jeopardy. This should easily account for any emergencies. Don't forget that they are in the clear if they call ahead of time. I am certain the the management of the local Wal-Mart will not penalize an employee if they had a family and/or medical emergency.

"After a year of adopting anti-family policy after anti-family policy, Wal-Mart adds further insult to injury by adopting a new restrictive attendance policy that treats hard-working associates like children while penalizing them if, God forbid, they face a child or friend with a medical emergency," said Chris Kofinis, a spokesman at, a watchdog Internet site.

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