Auto shop applies quick fix for absenteeism

Worker had to leave early and miss work to care for his children
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/15/2013

This instalment of You Make the Call features an employee who was fired for too many absences from work.

North Perimeter Service Centre was an automotive shop providing maintenance and repair service for heavy and light duty vehicles in Winnipeg. It hired an apprentice heavy duty diesel engine mechanic in November 2008.

In late 2011, the mechanic took three months off for parental leave, returning on Jan. 9, 2012. Soon, North Perimeter became concerned with his attendance. The mechanic had been absent about 10 times before his parental leave, but North Perimeter felt his attendance became “a lot worse” after he returned.