Volunteer firefighter fired from regular job for leaving work too often (Legal View)

B.C. employer accused worker of leaving without permission, taking extra pay
By Jeffrey Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/15/2014

A British Columbia company wrongfully dismissed an employee who was fired for too many absences related to his position as a volunteer firefighter, an arbitrator has ruled.


Jim Buckley was an employee with Mainroad South Island Contracting on Saltspring Island, B.C. When he was hired in 1988, Buckley informed his foreman he was a member of the Saltspring Island volunteer fire department.