Impossible to get to his temporary assignment

Release date: October 1st, 2013

The employee challenges the temporary assignment proposed by his employer because he cannot safely drive an automobile. He claims that the medication he uses causes drowsiness as well as loss of attention. The employer provided him with a means of transportation, but the employee feels that climbing into the cab of a heavy-duty truck is beyond his functional limitations. The CLP does not agree with this opinion. In addition, the CLP’s view is that the employee’s transportation to his place of work is not an inherent condition to his ability to perform work on a temporary assignment. The law has no provision obliging an employer to cover the costs of transportation of the employee from his home to his place of work. If the employee does not want to use the means of transportation made available to him by his employer, it is up to him to make arrangements to get to his job on his own.

Bilodeau v. Transport Doucet & Fils 2013 QCCLP 5005 (C.L.P.) Me Claude Bérubé

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