The Calgary Flames will not provide financial assistance to their part-time, event and hourly staff who will be underemployed during the suspension of the NHL season.
The Flames sent an email to their event personnel at the hourly rate when the NHL decided to suspend activities on Thursday to limit the spread of the disease to COVID-19.
“Alberta employment standards require employers to give 24 hours notice to cancel scheduled shifts,” the email said The Canadian Press on Saturday. The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) group will pay employees whose cancellation notice has been less than 24 hours. No payment will be made for shifts canceled with more than 24 hours notice. Since March 12, 2020, all games have been suspended and all scheduled hourly shifts have been canceled. ”
CSEC President and CEO John Bean said Thursday that the company employs 1,500 people part-time.
CSEC also has the Hitmen in the Western League and the Roughnecks in the National Lacrosse League. These two leagues have also suspended their seasons in an effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
A request for comment was sent to CSEC by La Presse canadienne , but it was not immediately responded to.
True North Sports & Entertainment group president Mark Chipman, who oversees the Winnipeg Jets, also said at a press conference on Thursday that part-time workers at the company would also be unlucky on this matter .
“These people work on part-time agreements,” said Chipman. They work when they work. So unfortunately, insofar as we don’t organize shows and matches, these people would obviously not have been called to work. ”
The Edmonton Oilers followed the example of the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, announcing that they are planning to help their employees make up the difference between their regular earnings and what insurance -employment will cover. ”
“The break from the NHL season, concerts and events at Rogers Place has hit everyone hard, but it has created an even more difficult situation for our approximately 1,650 part-time employees. Therefore, we are putting in place an assistance program to ensure that their well-being is protected, “said Oilers Entertainment Group President Tom Anselmi.
Anselmi added that all part-time employees affected by a temporary cessation of operations will receive payment to bring their maximum employment insurance benefits closer to their usual earnings.
The Oilers also said that they would continue their food program and that the excess perishables would be donated to an Edmonton food bank.
The Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) group, which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL, Raptors, NBA, Marlies, American League, and Toronto FC, MLS, has taken a similar decision.
MLSE presented details of its assistance program to 4,000 part-time and event workers at the Scotiabank Arena, BMO Field and Coca-Cola Coliseum on Friday.
Canucks Sports & Entertainment (CSE), which owns the Vancouver Canucks and the Rogers Arena, released a statement on Friday detailing the details of its plans.
“CSE is committed to a program that will help any part-time employee in need,” said Trent Carroll, CSE chief operating officer. The program will be based on individual needs to avoid financial hardship during this sudden interruption in employment. ”
The Montreal Canadiens and the Senators have yet to reveal how they will address the issue of underemployment of their staff.
The Buffalo Sabers said on Saturday that they would continue to pay their part-time workers. The New Jersey Devils, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks said they were following the same path. With Donna Spencer and Joshua Clipperton