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FAQ – REVISED DECEMBER 10, 2020

REVISED FAQ DECEMBER 10, 2020

FAQ – EMPLOYEE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – UPDATED DECEMBER 10, 2020

On November 25, 2020 the Provincial Government imposed additional restrictions on gaming venues, including casinos.

Effective Friday November 27, 2020, the newest Provincial Public Health Order is in effect restricting capacity at recreational facilities including casinos to 30 patrons. This Public Health Order is in effect until December 17, 2020 at which time the provincial government will then renew or issue a new Public Health Order.

SIGA casinos will continue operating in this new restricted environment with the new 30 patron limit being adhered to and operating with reduced staffing in all areas of operations.  All live table games are closed effective immediately, and SIGA’s casinos will reduce Food & Beverage services to only Deli offerings. ETG’s will remain open.

We anticipate this may continue into early into the New Year. As a result of these restrictions being imposed on SIGA, SIGA had to make the difficult decision to place some employees on temporary leaves of absence.

 

IF YOU HAVE BEEN PLACED ON UNPAID PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY LEAVE:

 

1. Employment Insurance – EI Regular Benefits

You may apply for EI Regular Benefits or other Federal Government programs available. ROEs are being submitted from our payroll department to Service Canada directly on your behalf. ROEs will be submitted to Service Canada no later than Friday, December 11, 2020. It is advised that you apply right away, you don’t need to wait for your ROE to be submitted.  SIGA does not provide copies of your ROE; you can find a copy of your ROE on your Service Canada account when you apply for EI benefits.

You can find information on EI and apply for EI benefits on-line by clicking on the following link:

EI Website Address:             https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html

You may also phone Service Canada if you have any EI related questions toll free at:

Telephone: 1-800-206-7218 (toll-free)

Service Canada announced a dedicated toll-free phone line for First Nation peoples who need help with applications for both Employment Insurance (EI) and the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB). Service Canada’s Outreach Support Centre line is 1-877-631-2657.

 

2. Return to Active Status

SIGA will make all attempts to return employees as quickly as possible, however, this will be contingent on Provincial Government restrictions being lifted and SIGA’s review of its operations and business levels.  You will receive a phone call from a Management team member requesting your return to work, please be advised, as SIGA has placed you onto an unpaid leave, you will be required to return to work immediately. Should you fail to return to work on your return date, you will forfeit all return to work rights, and we will accept your resignation from your position with us. We will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with as much notice as possible.

It is extremely important that you keep SIGA updated with your most recent phone number, mailing address and email address. Please contact SIGA’s HR Call Center to keep us up to date with this information.

 

IF YOU HAVE BEEN PLACED ON PAID WAGE SUBSIDY LEAVE:

 

1. Employment Insurance – EI Regular Benefits

As SIGA will be continuing to pay you, you will NOT be required to apply for Employment Insurance or any other Federal benefit program.

 

2. How much will I receive?

To determine your bi-weekly payment under the wage subsidy program, SIGA has reviewed your average weekly earnings between August 27, 2020 – November 21, 2020, compared this against the September 16, 2019 – March 15, 2020 weekly earnings, and provided you with a weekly entitlement based on your best weekly earnings during these time periods, up to the weekly maximum of $931.29 which includes a 10% top-up under the Wage Subsidy program.

Your next pay date will be on December 11, 2020, and every two weeks thereafter.

SIGA will make all attempts to return employees as quickly as possible, however, this will be contingent on Provincial Government restrictions being lifted and SIGA’s review of its operations and business levels.  You will receive a phone call from a Management team member requesting your return to work, please be advised, as SIGA has placed you onto a paid leave, you will be required to return to work immediately. Should you fail to return to work on your return date, you will forfeit all return to work rights, SIGA will no longer continue paying you, and we will accept your resignation from your position with us. We will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with as much notice as possible.

It is extremely important that you keep SIGA updated with your most recent phone number, mailing address and email address. Please contact SIGA’s HR Call Center to keep us up to date with this information.

 

ALL EMPLOYEES

 

1. Christmas Gift

All qualifying employees will receive the Christmas Gift on December 4, 2020.

 

2. Economic Adjustment

The 2% economic adjustment, retroactive to October 1, 2020, will be paid to you on December 4, 2020 as was previously communicated.

 

Canada Life Number: 1-800-724-3402

 

3. Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP): Morneau-Shepell

We encourage you to continue to utilize the services of our Employee Family Assistance Program through Morneau-Shepell to support you and your family members during this 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

www.workhealthlife.com

App: My EAP

Although you are on leave with SIGA, we still consider you to be part of our organization, and as such, the following requirements messages still apply to you during this time:

 

4. Employee Code of Conduct

Please be reminded that SIGA’s Employee Code of Conduct still applies to you, and how your off-duty conduct may reflect your conduct within our workplace. We encourage you to remain respectful while you are on unpaid leave with us, including being mindful of your conduct outside of the workplace, including on social media. Please be reminded that any posts or personal opinions placed on either personal or public social media pages may reflect negatively on you, and may impact SIGA’s decision to return you.

 

5. Outside Employment

Should you have the opportunity to find alternate work during this time, you are not discouraged to do so. Prior to commencing alternate employment, a conflict of interest disclosure will be required to determine if SIGA will approve this alternate employment opportunity. If, when you are requested to return to SIGA, you choose to remain at your new place of employment, we congratulate you on your successes during your leave and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours.

 

6. Employee Gaming

You will not be allowed to visit our casinos during this leave. Please be advised that should you attend one of our casinos and participate in gaming or consumption of alcohol, we will consider this an automatic resignation of your employment from SIGA, forfeiting all return to work rights, and any pay in lieu of notice rights from us.

 

On behalf of the Executive Team and the SIGA Board of Directors, we are truly saddened that this Pandemic has led to the status of our employees. We trust that you will continue to remain healthy and safe while this Country goes through a Pandemic of unknown magnitude, and wish you all the best over the upcoming weeks. 

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