Employee’s absences don’t sit well with employer

Employee missed a lot of work due to arthritis and hemmorhoids but was disciplined several times for failing to call in his absences
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call features an employee who was fired for excessive absences and not calling when he was off sick.

Ian Innes, 34, worked as a labourer for 10 years at Re-Con Building Products in Abbotsford, B.C. Re-Con has a policy, which requires employees to phone their supervisor one hour ahead of their shift if they’re going to be absent. This allows the supervisor to call in a replacement worker without whom employees would have to be rearranged and the plant wouldn’t operate smoothly.

In 1994, Innes missed two months of work and received workers’ compensation benefits after he hurt his back in a workplace accident. In 2003, he experienced back problems and was off work for three months.