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Course Description

Learn appropriate ways to respond to complex absenteeism issues in the workplace. As concerns such as chronic illness, addiction, mental health and excessive absence become a growing challenge in the workplace, it's important to develop useful employee support and attendance management policies that protect employee privacy and uphold human rights.

Become familiar with the legal principles that are central to effective employee support and attendance management programs, policies and best practices so you can foster a healthy workplace culture.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Communicate fundamental legal principles related to employee support and attendance management and evaluate your organization’s practices against legal requirements
  • Strategically develop a successful employee support and attendance management plan that reflects your organization’s needs
  • Identify best practices for employee support programs and services, including upholding a workplace culture that promotes wellness
  • Respond appropriately to absentee issues—including excessive absenteeism, chronic illness, an aging workforce, addiction, mental health, employees with no reasonable prospect of returning to work, and the duty to accommodate complex disabilities
  • Communicate with employees and health care practitioners about medical information, while protecting employee privacy
  • Collect, examine, interpret and summarize absenteeism data to inform practices and/or present a business case for employee support and attendance management
  • Effectively prepare for an employee support and attendance management audit

Course Topics

  • Employee Support and Attendance Management Plan Development
  • Legal Principles of Employee Support and Attendance Management
  • Employee Support and Attendance Management Practices and Best Practices
  • Culpable and Non-Culpable Absences
  • Employee Communication
  • Complex Issue Response
  • Duty to Accommodate
  • Absenteeism Data Analysis
  • Attendance Management Audits


Assessment Item Weight
How Does Absenteeism Affect Your Workplace? 10%
Attendance Management Procedure Review 15%
Attendance at Work Case Study 20%
Putting the Pieces Together 25%
Final Examination 30%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Employee Support and Attendance Management
Remote Instruction
9:00AM to 4:00PM
February 01, 2023 to February 22, 2023
Final Examination
9:00AM to 11:00AM
March 08, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Course Fee(s)
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Course registration closes January 31, 2023.

This course uses CourseLink, the University of Guelph’s Learning Management System, and the video conferencing tool, Zoom. Please ensure you have the technical requirements to participate in the course.

Students will be given access to CourseLink prior to the start of the course date.

This course requires preparation prior to the first live online class. Details will be provided in the course outline in CourseLink.

You are required to attend all scheduled online synchronous (live online) sessions.

Assignments may be due after the final live online class date. Details will be provided in the course outline.

* If one or more classes need to be rescheduled due to extenuating circumstances, the rescheduled class will be held on March 22, 2023 from 9:00am to 4:00pm and/or March 23, 2023 from 9:00am to 11:00am (or portion thereof).

Please ensure that you are familiar with the Withdrawal, Transfer and Refund policy – Continuing Education Courses prior to registering for the course.

If you are new to online learning, we encourage you to visit our Online Learning at UofG resource page.

Students are responsible for having the required textbook for this course. You may choose to purchase the required textbook from the University Bookstore, the Co-op Bookstore, or a bookseller of your choice.

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