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Arbitrator reluctantly concluded that reinstatement would amount to undue hardship in addictions case

Although an Ontario arbitrator would have, on compassionate grounds, reinstated an employee who was terminated after showing up to work intoxicated, the arbitrator instead dismissed the grievance because reinstatement would have caused undue hardship for the employer.

Long-service employee terminated for series of health and safety violations

An employee’s 37 years of service couldn’t save him from termination after a series of safety violations and warnings. His unrepentant attitude didn’t help matters. An Ontario labour arbitrator found the employer was reasonable in firing the long-term employee after two safety incidents which, considered by themselves, were relatively minor, but when combined with the employee’s recent past, amounted to just cause for termination.

Termination unrelated to maternity leave

A Canadian labour arbitrator just decided that, when an employee who was on maternity leave was terminated, she was not wrongfully dismissed. In fact, the decision to discontinue the job was made in good faith and in line with a corporate downsizing.

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Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B. Managing Editor

Managing Editor at First Reference Inc.
Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 18 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more
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