Cleaner dismissed for working while on sick leave

Employee found to have breached trust, abused sick leave
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/07/2015

A cleaner at Providence Continuing Care Centre in Kingston, Ont., was fired for abusing sick leave.

The employee started working as a cleaner at the facility in 1988. Before his dismissal, he had no discipline on his record. In 2012, the employer implemented an audit program to ensure the cleaning and housekeeping of the facility were up to standard.

Under the program, each item in the room was listed and employees were evaluated based on whether that item was cleaned to the appropriate standard. Employees were expected to achieve a success rate of 85 per cent.