Benefits should continue beyond retirement age: Arbitrator

70-year-old Toronto hospital worker wins back benefits
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/24/2014

At a hospital in Toronto, an employee was awarded benefits despite being past the expected retirement age when such benefits would have typically been terminated.

James Nijmeh, a 70-year-old orthopedic technician at Scarborough Hospital, was cut off from health and welfare benefits in May of 2011. His union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) filed both an individual and policy grievance on his behalf.

It is not illegal in Ontario for employees aged 65 and up to be denied the same coverage that younger employees receive. In 2006, mandatory retirement was quashed, though an exception was made for employment-related benefits — while employees cannot be forced to retire at 65, they can be denied the same benefits that they had been receiving.