Suspension of non-union employees

Viability of suspension as a form of discipline in a non-unionized workplace
By Colin Gibson
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 12/10/2015

Question: Can a non-union employee be suspended without pay, as discipline for serious misconduct such as harassment?

Answer: In unionized workplaces, many employers use a system of progressive discipline including reprimands, unpaid suspensions, and ultimately discharge. In the non-union environment, however, an employer may not have the implied right to suspend an employee without pay. An unpaid suspension may give rise to a constructive dismissal.