Q & A Session – Charged AWOL


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I work for a federal agency that has a two-hour rule. One day, I called in at noon to say I was not coming in to work for the day. My supervisor replied that he would put me down for annual and see me the next day. The next day, he called me in and said he changed his mind to put me on AWOL status. He said he got approval from three upper supervisors to do so. This is the first time I ever done this in 11.5 years. Is this legal?


Yes. If you have a two-hour rule, and you do not follow it, you can be charged AWOL.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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