Injured employee intended to return to work after 16-month leave, court rulesEmployer assumed request for letter stating there was no work for him while injured meant he wouldn't be coming back01/31/2008|Canadian Employment Law Today A British Columbia employer wrongfully dismissed an employee when it replaced him and didn’t have a position for him after he finished a medical leave, the B.C. Supreme Court has ruled. Kashmir Sandhu worked for nearly 20 years for North Star Mills Ltd., a small lumber manufacturing mill in Delta, B.C. He started in 1986 delivering firewood and eventually became a forklift operator and occasional supervisor. He was a valued employee with high seniority. On June 4, 2005, Sandhu was in a car accident in which he sustained soft tissue injuries. He told North Star he wouldn’t be able to work for some time and requested a record of employment so he could receive benefits from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). North Star supplied the record of employment and there was no further communication for a few months. In the fall of 2005, Sandhu called to update North Star on his condition but his employer made no efforts to contact him. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.