B.C. accounting assistant denied leave for union

Constant 'churn' disrupted department's hiring
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/17/2017

A worker at the Interior Health Authority of British Columbia was told she could no longer rely on a leave of absence from her position as payroll assistant because it would “unduly interrupt” the department’s operations.

Maria Beauchamp had worked as a casual employee in 2005, but the next year, she became a regular employee. In November 2010, she began work as an accounting assistant in the payroll department.

In July 2011, Beauchamp took her first 60-day leave of absence from the employer and began working for the union, the Hospital Employees’ Union.