Jasper, Alta., municipal worker’s firing ‘excessive’ after 1 day missed: Arbitrator

Lack of progressive discipline harmed employer's case
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/16/2017

When a seasonal driver missed a single day’s work and he didn’t notify his supervisor, a Jasper, Alta., city employee was terminated with cause.

Richard Hart had worked with the municipality for 17 months as a solid waste driver in the summer and a heavy equipment operator in the winter months, when on Dec. 9, 2015, he failed to show up for his regular shift.

“We have concluded that you were absent from work on Dec. 9 without taking adequate and proper steps to notify your supervisor and to seek approval to be away on a scheduled day of work. We also found your purported explanation for failing to report your absence to be less than candid and forthright,” said a termination letter given to Hart on Dec. 16.