Truck driver doesn’t roll in for scheduled shift

Driver had arrangement for alternate Fridays off for child care
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/02/2014

This instalment of You Make the Call involves a truck driver who was fired for missing a scheduled shift.

David Skinner worked for LMB Transport, a freight hauling company in Belleville, Ont. Hired on Jan. 3, 2011, he drove a regular truck route Monday to Friday evenings. Every other weekend, he had child care responsibilities, so he had an understanding with LMB that he would have every other Friday night off so he could care for his children.

LMB accommodated this need with an unofficial rule that, because of many requests from drivers, all drivers must remind dispatch a few days in advance of any regular absences, even if planned ahead of time.