Drug-stealing nurse reinstated by arbitratorNurse diagnosed with opioid substance abuse disorder, which is known to impair judgment; Employer didn’t investigate accommodation before dismissal for causeBy Jeffrey R. Smith03/20/2019|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 03/20/2019 Employees with addictions can present quite a conundrum for employers – especially employers whose workplaces required a high standard of trust and skill, such as a medical care facility. Employee theft is considered a serious form of misconduct that can often provide just cause for dismissal. But if an employee’s theft – or any other misconduct – might be related to the employee’s addiction, then the employer’s duty to accommodate kicks in before just cause does – even if the employee is a nurse who breached her duties caring for patients.An Ontario long-term care facility has been ordered by an arbitrator to reinstate and accommodate a registered nurse with an opioid addiction who stole narcotics and falsified records to cover up her theft.The 50-year-old worker was employed as a registered nurse (RN) at the Sunnyside Home Long Term Care Facility, a long-term care home in Waterloo, Ont., operated by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. Hired in December 2002 on a part-time basis and moving to full-time in 2004, she was stationed in a particular building at the facility that housed 263 residents, in a unit with 54 total beds. The worker was trained to care for any of the patients in the unit and in 2012 was promoted to team leader, a position that involved co-ordinating resident care, administering medication, and ensuring correct procedures for handling and control of medication. 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.