HIGH RIVER, AB, July 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Ted Menzies, Member
of Parliament for Macleod and Minister of State (Finance), on behalf of
the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
Development, announced that the Harper Government has approved the use
of special measures under the Work-Sharing program to assist employers
and workers temporarily affected by the flooding in Alberta and
Manitoba. Over 1 700 workers at Cargill Limited will benefit from
Work-Sharing as the company restarts operations following the
"Our Government remains committed to supporting hardworking Canadians
and businesses alike," said Minister Menzies. "By easing access to the
Work-Sharing program, we are helping avoid unnecessary layoffs and
additional hardship for people already impacted by this catastrophe."
Work-Sharing is designed to help companies facing a temporary downturn
in business avoid layoffs by offering Employment Insurance Part I
income support to workers willing to work a reduced work week while
their company recovers.
Employers like Cargill Limited that are located in communities where a
state of emergency has been declared and that are experiencing a
temporary shortage of work due to the flooding may benefit from these
measures, which involve waiving certain program criteria to enter into
an agreement. Eligible employers in affected areas have until September
27, 2013, to apply for an agreement involving these special measures.
For more information, please contact your local Service Canada Centre.
Further information on Work-Sharing can be found at www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/work_sharing/index.shtml.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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