Before Easter I received a request from a member of staff for time off work as she was about to book a holiday which meant she should return to work two days after after everyone else. (Wednesday instead of Monday). I referred her to the leave of absence policy which refers to special circumstances. as none were given permission was not granted, I suggested that if she disagreed with my decision she should write to the Chair of govs. He also did not give permission. alas today she did not return to work. and told other staff members she was having the holiday anyway. Question - upon her return to work should it be ........ Suspension then dismissal (pending the investigation) .... or.... Written warning (pending the investigation)? I think the governors disciplinary panel should move towards dismissal but is this too heavy handed?