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CSEC announces temporary layoffs

Last Updated Mar 30, 2020 at 5:40 pm MDT

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CALGARY (660 NEWS) – In light of the COVID-19 pandemic precautions putting most of the world’s sport in a deep freeze, the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) has announced a temporary layoff of 150 employees.

Following the postponing of the NHL season and other events, the CSEC has confirmed that around 50 per cent of their full-time workforce will be laid off for 60 days as of April 13.

For those affected by the layoff, a Supplemental Unemployment Benefit plan is being offered.

For the remaining staff, salary reduction ranging anywhere from 10 to 25 per cent will be put into effect, including those in high management receiving the largest 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 per cent dependent upon staging events, are the steps necessary to ensure we remain focused on those top priorities,” said CSEC President and CEO John Bean. 

“We want to stress the temporary nature of these layoffs. The remaining staff, on reduced compensation, have 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.”