Doctor’s note gets worker out of doing overtime

No other employees disciplined for participating in overtime ban
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/05/2015

An employee at Rio Tinto Alcan’s Kitimat, B.C., operation was reinstated by an arbitrator after being terminated over an overtime restriction.

The restriction, imposed on grievor Jason Milne by his doctor, said Milne could not perform overtime duties because of stress-related concerns.

The issue arose in October 2013 when Rio Tinto announced it would be reducing the amount of time off accrued by employees
in response to operational requirements. The amount of overtime worked was drastically reduced and the employer then sought out the labour relations board to end the overtime ban by employees. In the meantime, volunteer employees worked overtime.