Arbitrator confirms that mistakes at work do not constitute “Major Misconduct”

On November 27, 2014, Arbitrator Frederick von Veh issued a decision reinstating a Canada Post motorized letter carrier after he was terminated for working with an expired driver’s license. The Arbitrator found that the employee had not acted deliberately and that he had simply forgotten to renew his license – “he made a mistake”.  Arbitrator von Veh concluded that inadvertent errors do not constitute “major misconduct”, a term often used by employers to justify discipline. As a result, the employee was reinstated.

At the hearing, the employee was represented by his union representative, Don Foreman of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (“CUPW”), and Wassim Garzouzi and Dayna Steinfeld from our firm.