Hospital sick and tired of nurse’s time off

Employment relationship frustrated beyond repair: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/20/2014

Too much sick time led to April Murphy’s termination.

Ontario’s Sault Area Hospital dismissed Murphy on May 2, 2012, for frustration of the employment contract. The termination letter included a summary of her yearly absences dating back to April 2004. In the eight years leading to her termination, Murphy logged more than 1,315 sick hours — that's about 165 eight-hour shifts.

A nurse for 23 years, Murphy was hired by the employer in 1990. In 2002 she became a full-time nurse in the hospital’s Pediatrics Department and worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).