Mother of groom denied leave for son's wedding

Employer ordered to reinstate lieu time used to attend ceremony
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/16/2016

Nancy Hamilton — an employee of the Toronto District School Board — requested paid time off to attend her son’s wedding. The employer granted her the time off, but declined to provide her with paid time off.

Hamilton decided she would not let the denial of her request prevent her from attending the ceremony, so she took the day off and received compensation using lieu time she had accumulated through overtime work.

Following the request, however, Hamilton’s union — the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) — filed a grievance on her behalf. According to CUPE, Hamilton should have been granted a miscellaneous leave day that would have been paid for by the employer.