CALGARY - Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) has made the decision to proceed with a 60-day temporary layoff for certain personnel and salary rollbacks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in the pausing of the NHL season along with the cancelation or postponement of other sports leagues, concerts and events.
CSEC indicates that approximately 150 employees representing approximately 50% of its full-time workforce have been given two weeks notice of the 60-day temporary layoff which will be effective April 13, 2020. CSEC has applied for and received consent from Service Canada for a Supplemental Unemployment Benefit plan that will enable CSEC to provide an Employment Insurance top-up payment to all of the employees affected by the temporary layoff. This group of employees will experience the lowest net compensation decrease of any of the employee groups within CSEC. CSEC will continue to provide and pay for health and dental benefits during the period of this temporary layoff.
The remaining staff of approximately 150 employees will see salary reductions ranging from 10% to 25%, enabling them to maintain their employment through this challenging period. The rate of salary reductions increases with salary levels with the executive management receiving the highest percentage rollbacks.
"The health and safety of our employees, fans, customers and the general public remain our top priorities. Postponing all events at the Scotiabank Saddledome and implementing a "work from home" program, for a business that is 100% dependent upon staging events, are steps taken to ensure we remain focused on those top priorities," said CSEC President & CEO John Bean.
"We are working extremely hard to limit the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has on our employees. The implementation of this cost reduction plan will provide predictability of income to our staff while minimizing the negative impact on their financial health and that of the business.
"We want to stress the temporary nature of these layoffs. The remaining staff, on reduced compensation, has been retained to navigate this crisis and help us prepare for eventual recovery and the return to work of their colleagues. We are so grateful for the dedication, work ethic, understanding and patience of all our employees throughout this difficult situation."