Attendance Law and Legal Definition

Attendance in the employment context is a primary job function. Most employees must be present at their job site on a regularly scheduled basis to do their jobs.Most employers have a policy that addresses all the issues of attendance, including lateness, sickness, personal business, family and medical leave, and disability concerns. An attendance policy is used to set objective criteria for when absenteeism requires disciplinary action.

Many states have laws governing school attendance, which vary by state. The following is an example of a state compulsory attendance law:


  • Requires that a parent, guardian or custodian of a compulsory school age child must enroll the child in school and case the child to attend school.
  • Requires a parent to inform the school of the reason for the child's absence from school.
  • Requires the school to report excessive unexcused absences to the School Attendance Officer/Counselor of the District Attorney's Office.

Any parent found in non-compliance with the Law may be subject to a fine up to $1,000.00 or up to one year in jail or both."