Employee owns up to false sick claim, gets suspension reduced

Worker had clean record and acknowledged he was wrong in taking sick day when he wasn't sick
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/11/2015

An arbitrator has ordered an employer to reduce the suspension given to an employee who called in sick under false pretences but came clean about it the same day.

David Hall was a cut-link journeyman for BA International, a company that inspected and handled Bank of Canada paper currency. Hall was hired in 1998. Due to the nature of BA International’s business, the workplace was a high security environment and employees required a certain level of security clearance. Hall’s clearance was at the “secret” level, which was needed to do his job.