Brief doctor’s notes not enough to prove disability

Vague notes left employer with insufficient information
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

An Alberta arbitration panel has upheld the dismissal of a stressed health care worker for not providing sufficient medical information supporting her absence from work.

Beverly Rose was a nursing attendant for the Alberta Health Service (AHS). Her employment began in 1998 and she worked at a hospital in Calgary before transferring in August 2013 to the South Health Campus at the Inpatient Women’s Health Unit.

In the fall and winter of 2013, AHS identified some problems with Rose’s job performance and began an evaluation. AHS assigned a nurse preceptor to work with Rose, but her performance still didn’t improve and AHS recognized that Rose was finding it stressful to work in the unit.