Worker’s absence a pain in employer’s neck

Worker didn't show up for several days after getting injured in car accident
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call features an employee who was fired for failing to show up for work after a car accident.

Chris Smith had not worked for very long at an Alberta location of the Real Canadian Superstore and was still a probationary employee when he got into a car accident on the way home from work on Dec. 19, 2004. After going to the hospital with a “whiplash type injury,” he went home because he was feeling fine.

The next day, Smith called his supervisor to tell him about the car accident and that he wouldn’t be in to work for a few days while he recovered. The supervisor claimed he told Smith to call him four days later on Dec. 24 to advise him of the situation.