If an employee just goes AWOL, i.e. he/she just stops showing up for work, and does not respond to phone calls or emails, is there a general protocol the employer must follow?
I imagine for the first few days they would try to get in touch and see if the employee is sick/injured/dead/etc. But what happens after that?
How long before they can fire the employee, or dock his pay, or remove him from the employee records? If he disappears mid-month can they not pay his salary? (or only pay him half?)
(Personally I'm in the UK, but generally interested in what happens in other countries as well.)