Employees usually need to ask for permission from their boss for leave, which is called qingjia in Chinese. But on certain occasions like the first day of work after the Spring Festival, many employees fail to show up to work without asking for permission. Most cook up excuses like flight delays, leaving the boss no choice but to grant them the leave. Thus, a fait accompli leave: the leave is already taken, and there is no point denying it. If something is a fait accompli, it has already been decided or done and cannot be changed.
Nearly half of the staff didn't show up for work after the New Year holiday, it seems they all took fait accompli leave.