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Employers sabotage worker access to EI benefits, Great Canadian Casino workers speak out

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Unifor calls on all employers to adhere to Service Canada’s demand that COVID-19 related work shortages be coded appropriately, instead of blocking workers’ access to EI.

“Some employers are sabotaging workers’ access to EI benefits and it has to stop,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Workers from across Canada are being delayed access to EI benefits because employers are miscoding Records of Employment.”

Unifor has received dozens of complaints from workers, notably those recently laid off from Great Canadian Casinos, that ROE forms are being miscoded. Service Canada has stated clearly that all ROEs must be coded as “shortage of work.” Employers who improperly code forms are causing excessive delays for workers trying to access EI.

“Workers are suffering as this crisis evolves and this error is only hurting workers and their families, and employers need to fall in line, and stop listening to a handful of law firms giving bad advice” said Dias.

The advice on Service Canada’s website to employers is very clear that workers laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic must be coded “shortage of work.”

Unifor recently urged all Members of Parliament to act quickly to address issues facing workers; including radical EI reform and emergency measures to ensure that wage loss is minimized.

“Emergency measures are needed immediately. Workers cannot wait another day while the EI system continues to fail those who need it,” continued Dias.

Unifor launched a comprehensive hub for information about the pandemic at unifor.org/COVID19 and encourages all members to visit the site regularly for updates.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

 

Source: Unifor

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Pollard Banknote Confirms Voting Results of the Annual General Meeting

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Pollard Banknote Limited confirms the voting results of the Annual General Meeting of the Shareholders previously held virtually on May 7, 2020, the results of which had been posted on SEDAR on May 8, 2020. A total of 22,359,241 common shares representing approximately 87.22% of Pollard’s outstanding shares, were presented at the meeting.

Nominee Votes For % Votes For Votes Withheld % Votes Withheld
Dave Brown 22,113,157 99.08 206,432 0.92
Jerry Gray 20,919,467 93.73 1,400,122 6.27
Garry Leach 20,476,486 91.74 1,843,103 8.26
Gordon Pollard 20,211,356 90.55 2,108,233 9.45
John Pollard 21,272,461 95.31 1,047,128 4.69
Douglas Pollard 21,272,461 95.31 1,047,128 4.69

In addition, Pollard’s shareholders approved the appointment of KPMG LLP as auditors. Detailed voting results for all resolutions were posted under Pollard’s profile at www.sedar.com.

 

About Pollard Banknote:

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems and Fastrak retail merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings ranging from world-class mkodo game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in providing pull-tab tickets, bingo paper and its Diamond Game and Oasis-branded electronic ticket machines to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 67.5% by the Pollard family and 32.5% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

 

SOURCE Pollard Banknote Limited

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PBSA Introduces Peerplays RNG

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Peerplays Blockchain Standards Association (PBSA) has introduced the next generation random number generator, Peerplays RNG, which allows both players and operators to verify the randomness of spins, actions, and games.

Peerplays RNG uses Graphene-based blockchain technology to generate a random number from secret hashes. The technology guarantees provable randomness that can be verified in real-time.

Peerplays RNG was designed with the belief that trusting randomness in private code simply was not good enough for the expectations of today’s generation. Utilising the latest blockchain technology to ensure complete and provable randomness, achieved via a distributed ledger interface that generates and stores random numbers on the blockchain, PBSA is confident in the RNG’s ability to transform the world of gaming on a global scale.

“At a time when the online gaming industry is facing something of a trust problem, Peerplays RNG can deliver verifiable randomness designed to show players and operators that games are fair. For too long, random number generation has been considered something of an afterthought by games suppliers. Peerplays RNG delivers a next generation RNG with added functionality that can bring incremental benefits to games suppliers, operators, and their customers,” PBSA said.

“We have already received considerable interest in the product from game developers who believe like we do, that verifiable, trustworthy solutions in games are what this generation of gamers deserve. The first of these innovators will be announcing their partnership in the coming weeks,” PBSA added.

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Lightning Box licensed to supply BCLC

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Sydney studio’s Silver Lion goes live first

Specialist slots provider Lightning Box has earned the right to supply its games to the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC).

The Australian provider has been licensed by the state’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch and can now provide its full catalogue to the lottery’s players.

Lightning Box’s hit slot Silver Lion has become the first to go live this month. The agreement further expands its footprint across North America, having launched its first titles in the Canada with Loto Quebec late last year.

Peter Causley, CEO and co-founder of Lightning Box, said: “We’re very happy to have been granted permission to supply BCLC as it marks another important step as we continue to grow the business and its reach.

“I’m sure our games, starting with Silver Lion, will be as popular with their audience as they have been among other players on the continent and around the world.”

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