Deemed termination fair for long-service worker

Marital difficulties led a worker to take an impromptu trip to seek advice from his family. Coming in the wake of a poor record of attendance in the recent past, the unapproved absence was enough to overcome his long record of service.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/17/2011

Following a spontaneous flight from marital trouble, a worker was fired because he was absent from work without leave for three consecutive shifts surrounding the Christmas break.

M.H. had worked for 26 years at a secondary meat processing plant when he was fired on January 19, 2011.

The termination letter said that M.H. was terminated because he was absent without leave on December 23 and 24. He was also absent on his next scheduled workdays from January 3–7 following the Christmas shutdown. The letter referenced deemed termination provisions in the collective agreement that were applicable when a worker was absent from work for three consecutive days without permission.