Accommodation of difficult employee a hard pill to swallow in Saskatchewan

Harassment complaints, poor interpersonal relationships made return-to-work program challenging
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/06/2019
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BACKGROUND

Accommodation processes can be difficult and create hardship before a solution is found. However, having some difficulty doesn’t necessarily mean the point of undue hardship has been reached. So ruled a Saskatchewan arbitration panel in reinstating a hospital worker with rocky working relationships who was dismissed after a difficult return-to-work program didn’t go as planned.

A Saskatchewan health authority felt its attempts to accommodate a worker coming back from medical leave had reached the end of the line, but there was still more it could have done to try to accommodate the worker, an arbitration panel has ruled.