Employer can institute physical ability tests

Periodic test using special equipment a resonable demand
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/28/2011

A number of paramedics employed by a municipal ambulance service grieved when the employer instituted a new physical testing regime.

The union did not dispute that paramedics must be capable of performing their duties. However, the union argued that, in this case, the test was not reasonable because it was not rationally connected to the real-world situations that paramedics would face.

In 2006, the employer introduced a new model of stair chair — a mandatory piece of equipment designed to allow paramedics to carry patients in a seated position up and down stairs.