Nurse entitled to payment for lost shift

Hospital violated union stipulation around jury duty and pay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/19/2009

An Ontario hospital violated its collective agreement when it refused to pay a nurse for a shift she cancelled due to a subpeona for a court hearing.

Charlotte Englehart was a part-time nurse working with newborn infants in the maternal child health-care unit at a hospital in Sarnia, Ont. On Jan. 8, 2008, Englehart received a subpoena from police to appear in court as a witness from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1. The case involved charges against the parent of a child she had cared for at the hospital a couple of years earlier.

Englehart reviewed the child’s treatment records with her manager and prepared for the hearing with another nurse. She also informed the hospital she could not work a scheduled shift on Jan. 30. She was booked off and another nurse was scheduled to work the shift.