Hospital's attendance management program needs work: Arbitrator

More instruction required to deal with disability-related absences

An Ontario hospital’s attendance management program set reasonable thresholds to enter employees into the program, but its failure to consider disabilities and accommodation in the process set up the potential for discrimination, an arbitrator has ruled.

The Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ont., implemented an attendance support program (ASP) on Apr. 14, 2015. The ASP divided the year into two six-month review periods beginning on April 1 and Oct. 1, respectively. 

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