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Casual staffer terminated after leaving for training offered by employer
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/02/2014

SEAN HONOWAY, a casual staffer at a small Saskatchewan-based ambulance service, was terminated after leaving for training offered by his employer.

The issue was not exactly a case of wrongful termination, but rather one of employment relationship status between Honoway and Northeast EMS, which operates under Medstar Ventures in Carrot River and Nipawin, Sask., according to arbitrator William Hood — who upheld the grievance.

Honoway was hired on as a primary care paramedic in 2005, and in 2009 was offered training to progress to a fully-licensed advanced care paramedic through the company. That would mean Honoway would undergo training at the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics, to wrap up in the 2010-2011 academic year. Honoway accepted the offer, and his last day of employment was in August of 2009.