Co-op worker not co-operative with medical information

Existing medical note expired without employee's return to work
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/14/2014

This instalment of You Make the Call involves a worker who was fired for not providing updated medical information to support a continuing absence.

The 54-year-old worker was a grocery supervisor with Calgary Co-operative Association, a chain of food stores and fuel stations in the Calgary area. He joined Calgary Co-op in 1981 and had no formal discipline in his file.

In July 2009 the worker hurt his ankle while on vacation. He provided a medical note saying he was to be off work for two weeks with no modified duties. He returned to work on Aug. 5. When the HR department followed up, it found there was no medical note indicating the worker was fit to return to work. He was sent home until he provided such a note.