As you are aware, SIGA’s Board and leadership made the decision to suspend our operations on Monday, March 16 to protect the health and safety of our team members, guests, and local communities.
Since then, Premier Moe has declared a state of emergency for the province and, subsequently, issued a Public Health Order requiring SIGA to close all casinos until further notice as a result of the public health threat of the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, we will have no alternative but to continue to suspend operations at all SIGA facilities until SIGA advises otherwise.
We regret the impact this situation will have on you, our team members, as well as our guests and communities. We are working to minimize any hardships created for you and our beneficiaries during our temporary closures.
During these difficult times, SIGA immediately provided all employees with a two-week paid leave effective March 17, 2020, to ensure you can focus on taking care of yourselves and your families. Benefits have continued for those who are eligible for them during this paid leave.
As of April 1, 2020 employees will be placed on public health emergency leave without pay. The last day paid will be March 31, 2020 and as of this date, all pay and applicable allowances will stop. A Record of Employment (ROE) will be processed during the week of March 30, 2020 and submitted directly to Service Canada.
We encourage you to apply for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits on or after March 31, 2020 using March 31 as your last date worked. Employees will remain on leave until the Public Health Order has been lifted by the province.
Each SIGA employee will receive a letter through the mail with additional information and next steps.
You can find information on EI and apply for EI benefits online by clicking on the following link: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html. You may also phone Service Canada with any EI-related questions toll free at: 1-800-206-7218.
You should apply for EI on or after March 31, 2020, even if SIGA has not yet issued your ROE. An electronic ROE is being submitted from our payroll department to Service Canada directly on your behalf. SIGA does not provide copies of your ROE; you can find a copy of your ROE on your Service Canada account.
Please note: If you are applying for EI Sickness Benefits as a result of being ill, quarantined, or due to a member being quarantined as a result of the Covid-19, you must notify SIGA’s HR Call Center (info. on p. 4) to request an amended ROE from our payroll department.
We encourage you to continue to use the services of our Employee Family Assistance Program through Morneau-Shepell to support you and your family members during your leave.
SIGA’s EFAP program provides support, guidance, and counselling in a multitude of services including financial, mental health, physical health, legal, and nutritional services and have committed to remaining available during this pandemic. Their contact information is below:
1 (800) 387-4765
App: My EAP
An HR Call Center has been created to support and assist you with any questions that you may have with respect to your final pay, applying for Employment Insurance, providing SIGA with any updated mailing addresses or personal phone numbers where we may reach you, Records of Employment, or information on SIGA’s Benefits, Pension, or EFAP services.
This HR Call Center will be available for all employees commencing Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Call Center Numbers:
Out of Town: 1-866-899-7322
Please note: You will be required to provide answers to three verification questions. Please have your SLGA Tag Number, JDE Number, Current Position or Department Manager’s Name available prior to calling.
You can also e-mail the call centre at: firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you within one (1) business day.
SIGA has also created a private Facebook group called ‘SIGA HR Call Center’ to provide up to date information about how this closure affects employees. To join the private group, search ‘SIGA HR Call Center’ on Facebook and click ‘join.’ You will be asked to provide your legal name, along with your position and name of your Manager. Once the administrator verifies your identity, you will be added to the group.
You will be able to continue to access the latest communications and resources from SIGA via our Private Communications page on SIGA.ca.
Website portal: https://siga.ca/private-communications/
On behalf of the Executive Team and the Board of Directors, we are truly saddened that this pandemic has led to the closure of our casinos and placing our employees on leave. SIGA is currently assessing all options for the reopening of our facilities once the Public Health Order has been lifted. We trust that you will use this time to spend with family members, practice social distancing, and remain healthy and safe while our country goes through a pandemic of unknown magnitude. We look forward to returning to a ‘new normal’ as soon as reasonably possible, and wish the best for you and your families during this very difficult time.