Parent of Sick Child Entitled to Special Leave

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2011

Claiming special leave provisions in the collective agreement entitled him take three days off to care for his ailing daughter, a postal worker grieved when the employer denied his leave request.

W.T., a full-time letter carrier and half-time single parent to a 12-year-old, was informed by his daughter’s choir master on the Friday of the Victoria Day long weekend that a member of his daughter’s choir had been diagnosed with H1N1 influenza.

The next day W.T. was called to pick his daughter up early from a birthday party because she was feeling ill and exhibiting flu-like symptoms.