Care worker fired for leaving work before relief arrives

Worker asked co-worker to stay until replacement arrived, but co-worker had to leave shortly
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/16/2015

An Ontario residential care facility had just cause to discipline an employee for leaving a high-needs resident before a replacement arrived, but not to dismiss the employee, an arbitrator has ruled.

Tasha Kupi was a residential counsellor for Community Living Huntsville in Huntsville, Ont. Kupi worked at a residential home that contained two different facilities and was the primary caregiver for a resident who was severely autistic and had high needs. She also co-ordinated casework and supervised other residents in their daily living.