Car trouble is not pressing personal business worthy of paid leave: Board

Most convenient course of action doesn't qualify as pressing personal business, says arbitration board
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A British Columbia company is not required to pay an employee for missed time at work because of car trouble, the B.C. Arbitration Board has ruled.

Derek Mason, a customer help representative for Telus Mobility in Burnaby, B.C., was driving to work on Nov. 1, 2006. On the way, his car started having problems and he drove to a side street and called the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) for assistance. He stayed with the car until a BCAA tow truck arrived and took his car to a garage. He then went to work and arrived nearly two hours late.

Mason claimed he shouldn’t lose any pay for his missed time as the collective agreement stipulated employees were allowed up to one day off with pay to attend to “pressing personal business,” which was defined as a personal matter that only the employee can take care of and can’t wait.