An Alberta court has ruled that a Calgary grocery store worker placed on indefinite unpaid leave — for failure to comply with a mandatory mask policy — has resigned as opposed to being constructively dismissed and isn’t entitled to reasonable notice or compensation in lieu thereof.
“This decision may signal that adjudicators will have little patience for individuals who can’t explain why they refuse to be masked or vaccinated,” says Jackie Laviolette, counsel in labour and employment at Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP’s Calgary office, who wasn’t involved in the case.
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