RPN’s boots aren’t made for reimbursing

Nurse doesn't need safety footwear, so employer isn't on the hook for $100 reimbursement
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/24/2013

An arbitrator has upheld an employer’s decision to refuse to reimburse a registered practical nurse (RPN) for the cost of safety boots he purchased to wear on the job.

J.D., an RPN at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health in Penetanguishene, Ont., since 1985, put in a claim seeking reimbursement for $100 in December 2010 under article 16.16 of the collective agreement.

In December 2008, the Waypoint Centre was divested from the Crown. Until that time, employees were Crown employees and subject to the terms of the collective agreement between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the Crown.