Saskatchewan paramedic's career resuscitated

Termination set aside, substituted for suspension
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/15/2014

Darren Grindheim, a primary care paramedic, was terminated by Northeast EMS when he called in sick after being denied a request for a day off.

One year after being hired by the Saskatchewan-based employer, Grindheim’s wife was killed in a motor vehicle accident, leaving him to raise his two young children. Grindheim testified the assistance of caregivers and nannies was not a luxury, but rather a necessity.

In early 2011, Grindheim was in the process of hiring a new nanny. The nanny arrived in Saskatoon from the United States on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, but the paperwork was not in place to allow her to stay in the country.