Employer Cannot Unilaterally Alter Early Retirement Date

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/01/2011

After electing early retirement over a layoff, a hospital worker grieved when the employer notified her that her last day of work would be two months earlier than the effective date of the layoff.

B.M. was a full-time Psychological Associate with 29 years’ service when she was informed that budget cuts necessitated reducing her position to half-time hours in order to save another position on the ward.

Notified by the employer on June 9, 2009 that her hours were to be reduced as of September 28, B.M. responded one week later to say that she had chosen early retirement instead. B.M. indicated that she understood that her last day would be September 28.