Employee gets kick in the teeth for emergency dental appointmentUnpaid emergency leave is an absolute right, judge says09/16/2013|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/16/2013 An employee was fired after she left work without notice for an emergency dental appointment — but an arbitrator has reversed that decision, saying she was well within her rights. Erlinda Bernaldez was a full-time housekeeper employed at Glynwood Retirement Residence in Thornhill, Ont. She had more than 20 years’ service when she was fired on May 22, 2012, as well as a three-day suspension on Bernaldez’s record that pre-dated union certification. On April 3, 2012, Bernaldez broke a crown off a tooth while at work. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.