Attendance policy thrown out, deemed ‘arbitrary’

Policy found to discriminate against certain employees
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/08/2015

A meatpacking company in London, Ont., will have to re-evaluate its attendance policy after an arbitrator said it did not have the prerogative to change in the first place.

Cargill, a live-kill chicken processing facility, came under fire for its attendance management program, which the union called unreasonable and unenforceable under collective agreement as well as the provincial Human Rights Code and Employment Standards Act.

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local 175, which represents about 950 employees, filed a policy grievance on the grounds that Cargill’s attendance policy discriminated against certain employees who would be unduly punished for what the company viewed as absenteeism.