Employer cleared for delaying employee’s return to safety-sensitive work in B.C.

Medical note recommended worker’s return date to Delta lumberyard, 
but employer requested more information on his mental health, readiness
By Jeffrey Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/27/2019
Lumberyard
A British Columbia lumberyard was concerned about the seriousness of an employee’s illness and what it meant for his safety-sensitive role as a forklift driver. Credit: TFoxFoto (Shutterstock)

A British Columbia employer acted reasonably when it delayed a worker’s return from medical leave an additional three weeks while it ensured it had sufficient medical information to clear the employee for work in a safety-sensitive position, an arbitrator has ruled. 

Northgate/West Fraser Logistics and TC, Local 31 (Cherak) involved Northgate/West Fraser Logistics, which operates a lumberyard and warehouse in Delta, B.C.

The lumberyard has a railway siding running through it, allowing it to receive finished lumber by rail as well as trucks.