Employer retains right to reschedule lieu days

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/14/2011

Accustomed to scheduling his lieu days according to his preferences, a worker grieved when one of his selected days was refused. The union argued that a new vacation request form introduced by the employer gave employees an absolute right to select the dates for their lieu days.

Prior to 2007, selected dates for lieu days were the subject of negotiation between the parties, according to the Chief Union Steward.

In 2007 the employer introduced a new vacation request form. While the form provided a spot for the employer to indicate its acceptance of requested vacation dates, the manner of selecting lieu dates was apparently cut and dried.