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Report: Jets will pay part-time employees for lost shifts

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True North Sports and Entertainment will compensate part-time and casual workers who lost shifts with the NHL suspended as a result of the coronavirus.

"As a follow up to yesterday's communication, we wish to share with you today, that regardless of whether we resume play in either the NHL or AHL, True North casual and part-time employees will be paid in full for remaining Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose home games through the end of March 31 - as though the games occurred," the company said in a statement, according to The Athletic's Murat Ates.

The company has reversed course after initially stating it would not support its workers who lost shifts as a result of the hiatus.

"They work when we work," Jets chairman Mark Chipman said Thursday, according to the Winnipeg Sun's Paul Friesen. "So, regrettably, to the extent that we're not putting on shows and games, those people obviously would not have a call to work."

Calgary Sports and Entertainment also announced a compensation program on Sunday for part-time workers after reportedly saying they would not pay employees.

Several other teams, athletes, coaches, and executives around the NHL have pledged to support workers who have lost shifts due to the stoppage in play.

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