Windsor, Ont., welfare worker grieves denial of 3.5 hours of acting pay

Caseworker acted in same capacity as others in last 30 years
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/14/2019

A caseworker for the City of Windsor, Ont., welfare department asked for acting pay for completing an investigation into a potential fraud case.

Alison Boyer had worked for the social-services department since 1980 and was working as a caseworker – float, which meant dealing with various clients in the Ontario Works program, the province-wide social assistance arm. 

On Jan. 12, 2016, Boyer heard from a client that her benefits had been subjected to a hold and she wanted to know why. After checking the records, Boyer told the client that she had undeclared income and had also been living with a man, so the funds were withheld.