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If a new employee has signed a letter of employment but does not show up for work, what can an employer do?

Once an employment contract has been signed, both employers and employees should be prepared to fulfil their contractual obligations. In exceptional cases when they are not able to do so, they should inform the other party as soon as possible.

If an employee does not show up on the first day of work, the Employment Act does not apply as the employer-employee relationship has not started.

An employer will not be able to claim notice pay or any other compensation provided for in the Employment Act. They can consider a civil claim filed through their own lawyer.

Last Updated: 7 September 2017