Failing to respond to messages while off sick not a resignation

Employer viewed lack of response to inquiries as an abandonment of position
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/23/2009

A British Columbia employee did not resign her job even though she didn’t respond to her employer’s inquiries after she stopped coming into work, the British Columbia Supreme Court has ruled.

Jennifer Koos, 40, worked for A & A Contract Customs Brokers in Surrey, B.C., for 10 years studying government policies and gathering regulations on imports and exports. On Dec. 14, 2007, Koos needed to run an errand at a customs office nearby and told her manager she would be gone for a few minutes. However, due to a delay at the customs office, she was gone for more than 30 minutes. When she returned to work, her manager loudly reprimanded her in front of her co-workers.