Bank pays for denial of disability benefits

Abandonment of position or a bona fide medical reason? As an employer, it’s up to you to find out
By Natalie C. MacDonald
|CHRR, Guide to Pensions & Benefits|Last Updated: 09/20/2004

“Look before you leap.” That’s an expression employers will want to keep in mind when it comes to employees who suddenly develop a medical condition which prevents them from returning to work right away.

Too many employers react aggressively and automatically assume the employee has abandoned his position rather than taking the time and effort to determine the scope of the problem. When the employer makes such a leap, failing to inform itself of all the circumstances surrounding the employee’s reasons for absence from the workplace, it could be held liable.

This was exactly the case in a recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in