Teacher entitled to refuse meeting during prep time, arbitrator rules

Didn't want negative performance evaluation immediately before class time
|Canadian Employment Law Today

An Ontario arbitrator has ruled a teacher shouldn’t have been penalized for refusing to have a meeting during her allotted preparation time.

Jennifer Black, a teacher in Stittsville, Ont., had some performance issues in 2005 that required a series of meetings with the school’s principal. Most of these meetings were held during Black’s preparation time and she had no objection.

The principal wanted to meet one more time to give her a summative report on her performance. This would give her a time period to improve her performance, outline the areas where she needed to improve and allow her to develop an improvement plan with the principal. The deadline for giving the report to Black was Jan. 31, 2006.