Elon Musk, chairman and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors

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Elon Musk, chairman and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors

Tesla rolled out a new attendance policy for all U.S.-based hourly employees on July 1st, according to documentation shared with CNBC. The policy spells out specific penalties for lapses in attendance, and Tesla says it is meant to make it fairer — for instance, employees who are 10 minutes late won’t be penalized as harshly as those who are one hour late.

The changes to Tesla’s attendance policy come weeks after the electric vehicle maker announced plans to slash its salaried workforce by at least 9 percent, or about 4,000 workers. The company is pushing hard to ramp up the production of its Model 3 electric sedans, and to achieve positive cash flow and profitability in the second half of this year.

Among other things, the policy says that managers can give workers demerits for showing up even one minute late to a scheduled shift, or leaving just one minute before the shift’s official end, without permission. If employees rack up a certain number of these demerits, called “occurrences” internally, their employment will be terminated. Newer employees get fewer chances than those who have worked at Tesla for more than three months.

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