Welder suspended after abandoning work station

Employee knew absence was unauthorized: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/12/2015

Louis Smith, a welder for Kubota Materials Canada, received a one-day suspension after leaving his work station without authorization.

The Orillia, Ont.-based company designated specific times for workplace breaks. The morning break time was, and continues to be, 9:00 a.m. The break is 10 minutes long and is announced by a facility-wide siren.

On April 24, 2013, Smith was working the day shift. At 8:44 a.m., he left his work station and went to the cafeteria, 16 minutes before the designated break time.