- As a protective measure against the spread of COVID-19, the NHL 2020 season has been "temporarily suspended," which left employees of the Montreal Canadiens and the Laval Rocket without employment.
- But, the Club de hockey Canadien and the Rocket organization have ensured that their employees will be taken care of during this difficult time.
- Read what the 1,200 employees will receive as compensation below.
The NHL and AHL seasons have been "temporarily suspended" as a protective measure against the spread of COVID-19 in the two leagues and in the teams' arenas. This event has left employees of the Montreal Canadiens and the Laval Rockets, amongst other teams, without employment. But, luckily for the employees of these two teams, the Club de hockey Canadien and the Rocket organization have ensured that their employees will be taken care of during this difficult time.
The following information is stated on the NHL's official website: "For employees who aren't eligible to receive employment insurance, the organization will pay 75% of the employee's salary they would have received for the remaining regular-season games of the Montreal Canadiens (4 games) or the Laval Rocket (8 games)."
Employees of the Montreal Canadiens and the Laval Rocket will be receiving 95% of their expected salary for the remainder of the season, which is the highest amount that Service Canada will allow to qualify for complete employment insurance.
This is thanks to the fact that the organization is increasing its employees' EI benefits by a total of 40%.
The official press release about this employment news describes it as "special measures to offset the impact of this unprecedented crisis on the 1,200 game-day employees of the Montreal Canadiens and the Laval Rocket." Since really, no one could have prepared for anything like this.
Geoff Molson, who is the owner, President and CEO of the NHL, added a quote to the press release:
"Our industry is going through a difficult time right now and our employees are being hit especially hard by recent events. The Montreal Canadiens and Laval Rocket are deploying the means necessary to reduce the impact of this unique situation on our employees, whom I wish to sincerely thank for their collaboration and understanding."
Hopefully, other Quebec companies also find ways of ensuring that their employees aren't negatively affected by the pandemic that we are currently facing.
Information on hygiene practices during the pandemic is available on the Government of Canada's website here.