Tardiness leads to termination under progressive discipline policy

Medical note policy in conflict with collective agreement
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/30/2015

The Iron Ore Company of Canada fired one of its Newfoundland-based employees as a result of its recently implemented progressive discipline program.

Lorne Winters worked rotating shifts as a maintainer operator at the employer’s mine maintenance facility. On July 14, 2014, he missed a scheduled overtime shift. Winters called and left a message at the start of the shift to inform his supervisor he would not be attending work.

Winters had already used his allotted seven days of sick leave/family responsibility leave so his supervisor expected him to bring a medical note when he reported for his next shift on July 15.