Ineligible benefit claim not fraud, just a mistake: Arbitrator

Ontario employee suspended for using coverage for spouse
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/05/2015

AN ONTARIO company did not have just cause to discipline a worker it suspended for using benefits coverage for his spouse, an arbitrator has ruled.

The worker was a dye-setter for Tenneco Canada, a manufacturer of exhaust systems for the automotive emissions control industry based in Cambridge, Ont. As part of the collective agreement between Tenneco and the union, employees and their families were entitled to a vision care plan that covered prescription glasses and laser surgery.

Employees were also entitled to coverage for prescription safety glasses, but this benefit was for employees only and not for families.