Flames will not pay part-time arena workers for events canceled due to coronavirus, report says

The NHL’s “pause” due to coronavirus (COVID-19) worries has actually triggered lots of arenas throughout The United States and Canada to closed down, and on Friday the owners of the Calgary Flames apparently informed per hour and event staff members that they will not be paid for canceled shifts.

According to the Calgary Herald, the Calgary Sports and Home Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) sent out an e-mail to workers of the Scotiabank Saddledome– home of the Flames, the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen and the NLL’s Calgary Roughnecks; all teams owned by CSEC– specifying that they will not be paid for moves beyond the March 12 date that saw the indefinite post ponement of lots of leagues all over the world.

“Unless notified by your supervisor, all scheduled shifts are cancelled. CSEC will pay for your March 12, 2020 shift if you were scheduled to work as the notice of cancellation was less than the 24 hours required by Alberta Employment Standards. Any shifts on March 13, 2020 and beyond must be pre-approved by your supervisor,” the e-mail apparently specified. “Alberta Employment Standards requires that employers provide 24 hours’ notice for cancellation of scheduled shifts. CSEC will pay employees where the notification of cancellation was less than 24 hours. No payment will be made for shifts cancelled with greater than 24 hours’ notice.”

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The relocation comes at a time when a number of other ownership groups– and even some players– around the NHL and NBA have actually openly specified they will be covering the incomes of place staff members throughout the shutdown, a minimum of in the short-term.

CSEC pointed to the Canadian federal government’s waiving of the one-week waiting duration for work insurance coverage advantages due the COVID-19 break out, and motivated impacted staff members to use.

“The details of this change are still in progress, however, it appears that employees asked to self-isolate by their employers when recommended by public health officials will qualify,” the e-mail apparently checked out. “Employees must have sufficient insurable hours to qualify for EI benefits.”

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