Municipal worker in Cape Breton terminated for excessive absenteeism (Legal View)

But arbitrator orders reinstatement after extent of employee’s depression came to light
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/28/2014

A Nova Scotia employer failed to properly investigate accommodation options before it terminated an employee due to excessive but innocent absenteeism, an arbitrator has ruled.

The employee worked for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia, doing payroll, accounts payable and rentals at an ice rink.

For the first few years of employment at the municipality, she had no attendance issues at work. Her hours were somewhat flexible in that if she missed time, she could make it up by working weekends or overtime.