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Flames hourly staff to be compensated during NHL suspension

Last Updated Mar 16, 2020 at 6:37 am MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The company that owns the Calgary Flames is rolling back on its decision not to pay hourly staff for lost shifts.

The Calgary Sports and Entertainment sent an email to their hourly and event staff on Saturday when the NHL made the choice to pause the season to limit the spread of the COVID-19.

On Sunday, the Flames announced it is starting up a program to help pay those up to 95 per cent of their regular earning through employment insurance.

“We may not get everything right, out of the gate, but we can assure you that we will continue to work hard to do what is right,” the organization said in a release.

This move comes after a social media uproar over their previous decision, causing a GoFundMe to be launched that raised over $60,000 for the employees as of Sunday.