Employer cuts dental benefits to worker on maternity leave

Plan called for employer to contribute amounts to plan based on hours worked
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/14/2010

An Ontario company violated employment standards when it stopped paying the premiums for an employee according to a new benefits agreement that came into effect while the employee was on parental leave, the Ontario Arbitration Board has ruled.

Laura Harris was a lab technician for Jungbunzlauer Canada, a manufacturer of biodegradable ingredients for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, in Port Colborne, Ont. Harris was part of an employee dental plan for which Jungbunzlauer paid the premiums.