Time theft and dishonesty isn’t, then is, just cause for dismissal

Grocery store supervisor reinstated by arbitration board, but two courts upheld her dismissal for time theft
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/31/2018

A Saskatchewan grocery store worker who was fired for time theft and then reinstated has been left without a job once again after two courts upheld her termination.

Denise Osbourne was a supervisor for the Yorkton Co-operative Association, which operated a grocery store in Yorkton, Sask. Though she had a manager above her, Osbourne often was tasked with operating the store on her own without direct supervision. The Co-op expected her to ensure employees followed policies and close up the store, which normally closed at 11 p.m. with employees working until 11:30 p.m. getting things ready for opening the next day.

Osbourne was supervisor of the store on June 30 and July 1, 2014. On the first day, she closed the store at 10:40 p.m., and she and the other employees on duty left at 11 p.m. Osbourne falsified her time sheet to show that she had worked until 11:30 p.m. and told one of her subordinate employees to falsify his own time sheet to show the same.