Management in on misconduct, so discipline for Ontario linemen in Cayman Islands reduced

The presence of management when a serious company infraction is committed reduces the responsibility of employees who took part in it, says arbitrator
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The presence of management when a serious company infraction is committed reduces the responsibility of employees who took part in it, the Ontario Arbitration Board has ruled.

Harry Bremner was a supervising lineman and Tom Curran a lineman in a crew sent to the Cayman Islands by FortisOntario in late 2004 to repair damage caused by Hurricane Ivan.

The crew worked six days a week, for up to 12 hours a day, under Ken McAllister, a member of management. After work on Friday, Nov. 5, several employees, including Bremner, Curran and McAllister, had dinner and drinks at a bar-restaurant located about 15 minutes from their hotel. They stayed for about four hours.