Years of service outweigh employee’s serious threatEmployee with 24 years of service reinstated after threatening to stab co-workerBy Jeffrey R. Smith09/04/2013|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/04/2013 Trying to stick aroundThreatening to stab a co-worker and slit him open is a pretty serious thing to do and would likely result in dismissal, right? With such an emphasis on preventing workplace violence and threats — particularly in Ontario with its Bill 168 amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act —an employee who makes such a threat is likely to be removed from the workplace permanently. But not always.In any case involving consideration of whether there’s just cause, an employee’s length of service and previous disciplinary record can be mitigating factors that can make dismissal too harsh. Even if the employee threatened to stab someone. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.