Dear IAMAW Membership,
It has come to my attention that the company has been requesting medical notes for periods of absences related to illness that are below five (5) consecutive days. This is a clear violation of the Canada Labour Code, and your rights as federally regulated employees.
The Canada Labour Code explicitly states (DIVISION XIII – Medical Leave – 2- Certificate):
“The employer may, in writing and no later than fifteen (15) days after the return to work of an employee who has taken a medical leave of absence of at least five (5) consecutive days, require the employee to provide a certificate issued by a health care practitioner certifying that the employee was incapable of working for the period of their medical leave of absence.”
Your Union has demanded that the company immediately cease the violation of our members rights and begin adhering to the Canada Labour Code. The company has rejected our demands and continues to request medical notes at their discretion. Instead of engaging in productive dialogue, the company has chosen to have their lawyers respond to my requests. It is clear the company has no intention of adhering to the Canada Labour Code amendments regarding this matter and intends on challenging the legislation.
We want to assure you that your Union is taking this matter seriously and have filed a grievance on behalf of the membership.
All members are encouraged to educate themselves on their rights under the Canada Labour Code. Your Union is here to protect your rights and ensure that you are treated fairly and with dignity in the workplace.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or your local Shop Committee Representatives.
Mahmoud Khatib General Chairperson Central Region