SMCCE 17.9 Absence Without Leave

(1) Refusal of Leave or Failure to Return After Leave: Failure to report for duty after a leave of absence request has been disapproved, revoked or canceled by the appointing authority, or at the expiration of a leave, shall be considered an absence without leave.

Absence Without Leave: Absence from duty without leave for any length of time without a satisfactory explanation is cause for dismissal. An employee is deemed to have resigned if the employee is absent for five (5) consecutive work days without prior authorization and without notification during the period of absence. Regular employees will be given an opportunity to explain the absence and failure of notification before final action is taken. An employee separated for job abandonment will be reinstated upon proof of justification for such absence, such as severe accident, severe illness, false arrest, or mental or physical impairment which prevented notification.