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1,200 City of Calgary employees face temporary layoffs amid COVID-19 pandemic
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I understand that I can withdraw my consent at any time. My profile. Thank you for signing up! An error has occurred while trying to update your details. Please contact us. Use another account. Sign in to complete account merge.In a Tuesday news release, the city confirmed 1, people would be losing their jobs, saying the layoffs would affect employees such as swim instructors, arena and athletic park staff and aquatics and fitness staff.
The layoffs come as city officials are forced close recreation facilities and programs in response to the novel coronavirus and new social distancing regulations. Derksen said, as a university student, losing her job will hit her hard. Local 37 president Cyril Wilson said while some of his members are worried the temporary layoffs could be permanent. Unionized employees are at an advantage. Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. World Canada Local.
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Several people leaving the building said they believed "hundreds" of employees are affected and many knew the layoffs were coming. Croix outside the Husky Building Tuesday afternoon.
In a statement, Husky Energy confirmed the layoffs but said the company "will not be sharing the number of jobs affected. This was about changing the way we approach our business, the way we make decisions and the way we work together to meet our goals.
Alberta Energy critic Irfan Sabir issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, pinning the blame on Premier Jason Kenney and a reduction to the corporate tax rate. He has nothing to offer these energy professionals beyond more finger-pointing and giveaways for corporate shareholders.
Some people who were let go were escorted into cabs waiting outside of the Husky Energy headquarters on 8th Avenue S. Layoffs are underway Tuesday at Husky Energy in downtown Calgary. Socially isolated serenade for 90 year old's birthday. Web weather watch: Snow Wednesday ahead.
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Temporary changes have also been made to several Employment Standards rules regarding leaves. Temporary workplace rules are in effect as of March 17,to help employers and employees manage rapidly changing conditions. These changes will be in place as long as government determines they are no longer needed and the public health emergency order remains. The following notice must be provided unless there is a collective agreement that states otherwise, or there are unforeseeable circumstances:.
If proper notice of temporary layoff is not given, the employee may have been unjustly or constructively dismissed. Some courts have also held that while the Code permits an employer to temporarily lay off an employee in the absence of a collective agreement or contract allowing layoff, the employee maintains the right to sue for constructive or wrongful dismissal if laid off in those circumstances.
The period of temporary layoff can be extended beyond 60 days if the employer makes regular payment to or on behalf of the employee, such as continuing to pay wages, employee pensions or benefits and the employee agrees to these payments in lieu of a firm limit of the length of the layoff.
Termination pay is payable when payments in lieu cease. If a collective agreement contains recall rights following layoff, the employment ends and termination pay is owed when recall rights expire.
The day rule does not apply to school employees and school bus drivers if they work until the end of one school year and continue to work, or have the opportunity to work for, the same employer at the beginning of the next school year.
Part 2, Division 8 of the Employment Standards Code provides the process required to terminate employment relationships, entitlements to termination notice and pay, temporary layoff and recall rights. Division 8 also outlines circumstances in which an employer or an employee may not be required to provide termination notice under the Code.
Disclaimer: In the event of any discrepancy between this information and Alberta Employment Standards legislation, the legislation is considered correct. Contact Employment Standards or sign up for updates. We are: creating a job-protected leave for employees caring for children affected by school and daycare closures or ill or self-isolated family members due to COVID The day employment requirement is waived.
The leave length is flexible and linked to guidance from the Chief Medical Officer. A medical note is not required. Regular personal and family responsibility leave rules continue to apply for all other circumstances.
Employers must still give group termination notices to the Minister of Labour and Immigration as soon as is practical. Basic rules The employer must give the employee notice of temporary layoff.
Lack of proper notice If proper notice of temporary layoff is not given, the employee may have been unjustly or constructively dismissed. Length of temporary layoff In Alberta, the maximum duration of a temporary layoff is 60 total days within a day period. Recall of employee during temporary layoff If a collective agreement contains recall rights following layoff, the employment ends and termination pay is owed when recall rights expire.
School employees and school bus drivers The day rule does not apply to school employees and school bus drivers if they work until the end of one school year and continue to work, or have the opportunity to work for, the same employer at the beginning of the next school year.
Calgary layoffs hit temporary, part time staff in coronavirus response
How the law applies Part 2, Division 8 of the Employment Standards Code provides the process required to terminate employment relationships, entitlements to termination notice and pay, temporary layoff and recall rights.
Contact Contact Employment Standards or sign up for updates.Bill Macfarlane Video Journalist. In a late night session on Tuesday city council passed a package of cuts that will affect city workers and result in the layoff of more than employees.
While the exact positions and departments have not been made public, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the layoffs would be proportional to cuts and would begin 'soonish.
The majority of the cuts to transit are in management and there is also a cut of about 88, service hours. Donna Ball lives in the downtown core and relies on Access Calgary to get her to appointments. I have to go to the Rockyview Hospital and it costs a lot of money to take a taxi that far. She says no matter what council says about doing the least harm to the vulnerable, the cuts in service will never affect Calgarians equally. Calgary Police Commission chair Brian Thiessen said the cuts will be tough to absorb, but will not result in the loss of any frontline officers.
It can only be achieved by reducing training and equipment, permanently eliminating the auxiliary cadet program with 50 part-time positions, reducing the number of management positions, putting a freeze on civilian positions, reducing the capacity to invest in technology and supports to solve crime.
As part of the cuts, a Calgary Fire Department pilot program will be cancelled. An SUV loaded with medical supplies was being sent to respond to some medical calls but now a fire truck will be dispatched instead. It is a change that saves on staffing and equipment costs without changing the qualifications of first responders.
That means that engine in number 1 station is going to have to pick up the majority of those calls," said Mike Henson, president of the Calgary Firefighters Association. Those closures will likely go ahead next year but the exact facilities have not been identified publicly. Calgary municipal building file. Socially isolated serenade for 90 year old's birthday.
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Layoffs in Calgary’s local businesses
Calgary records highest number of positive tests. Lucic waits for games to return playing with the kids. Close to Cargill workers lose jobs. Calgary Top Stories. Calgary zone being hit hard by coronavirus after new cases confirmed.With ongoing coronavirus-related closures at City of Calgary facilities, hundreds will be temporarily laid off as the city continues to make COVID adjustments.
So today, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to make some temporary workforce adjustments. Mayor Nenshi said that these would be employees in city business units that are no longer providing services. Nenshi said that Edmonton, who announced the layoffs of more than 1, people Monday, had a similar percentage of temporary and part time workers. He said that roughly 1, employees fell into this category, but that not all would get a layoff notice.
Play structures are closed.
The skate parks are closed. Anything that is a high touch surface is just not safe. City of Calgary Roads director Troy McLeod said they would be evaluating the number of people who used the closed-off city roads to get out and enjoy exercise while maintaining social distancing.
Mayor Nenshi echoed the message of staying in your neighbourhood, even if there are road closures to provide space for others. There were language barriers, system barriers and social barriers, making […].
Calgary city council voted to try and re-engage the Calgary Flames in arena talks Tuesday. The issue arose early Thursday via a Twitter post from Crackmacs, showing a […]. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. News Ticker. Like this: Like Loading About Darren Krause Articles. Journalist, husband, father, golfer, writer, painter, video gamer, gardener, amateur botanist, dreamer, realist Next Coronavirus daily briefing — March Five new deaths; mandatory home isolation.Heritage Park said on Monday that management had come up with a plan to reduce costs, which includes temporarily laying off employees and mandated vacation time.
A spokesperson said minimal staff are working every day to ensure the animals, exhibits and artifacts are looked after and protected. Heritage Park remains closed to the public, and the cancellation of private and ticketed events will continue until further notice. Matheson said Heritage Park has a core staff of about year-round employees working in a variety of part-time and full-time roles. Additional staff are hired during the Christmas season, and there are more than seasonal employees during the summer to support the historical living village.
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