It was just last week that the Carolina Hurricanes announced a plan to provide some income to part-time PNC arena employees throughout the pandemic. Today, the News and Observer reported that full-time employees of the Hurricanes would cease being paid starting next week. The Hurricanes team owner, Tom Dundon, denies those claims.
"This is not something that's really come up yet so I don't know what happens in the future but as of now, it's just not something we're thinking about. We're trying to figure a whole bunch of other things out," Dundon said.
What the Canes did do Wednesday was send out an email to their non-contract full-timers requiring that they use all available vacation time next week. The email said that employees who were out of vacation would be off without pay but team president Don Waddell told me that's not actually the case.
"From a legal standpoint, you can't force people to take their PTO (paid time off), you could ask them to take their PTO. If you talk to any of my vice presidents they're all in these meetings, we agreed that we're going to pay our people next week."