Last Chance for Absenteeism

Unable to abide by his employer’s warning to improve his attendance or face termination, R.W., a 26-year-old worker for a food wholesaler, was fired two weeks after receiving the warning.
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/09/2011

Absent from work for eight days, R.W. claimed he was attacked on the way to work and subsequently hospitalized. The union grieved the termination.

Reviewing R.W.’s attendance record, which he characterized as “appalling,” the Arbitrator said, “one can deduce that the Grievor would much rather be somewhere else other than work.”