Cyberattack at BRP: will employees be paid?

Since Tuesday, production at the factory has been stopped and its approximately 1,500 employees are on forced leave. The company has postponed day by day its reopening, which is now scheduled for Monday, August 15, according to a confirmation of which Radio-Canada has obtained a copy.

Will wages be paid for the period not worked? The question remains open, according to a worker who wished to remain anonymous.

We were wondering what was going on, were we going to get paid too? That’s the big question, he worries. According to him, the employees have not received an answer to this question.

I had no information that we were going to be paid for those days. »

A quote from A BRP employee

It’s a very precarious situation for everyone. There are people who were taken abackhe adds.

Another employee says he contacted the company’s human resources office to inquire about the same matter. Unfortunately, we do not have this information, we will be informed at the same time as you. Your supervisor, when you return, will be able to inform you about this.indicates the message it received in return.

BRP did not wish to grant an interview to Radio-Canada. The company, however, responded in an email.

As for the hours not worked this week, the details will be communicated directly to our employees when we meet with them on Monday – the day we also plan to resume manufacturing activities in Valcourt. We would like to confirm to them ourselvesindicates the message from BRP.

We are also in contact with their representatives and work together to support our employees. We take this opportunity to also inform you that there has never been any intention to lay off employees because of this situation.adds the company.

Company not required to pay salary, lawyer says

The company is not required to pay a salary for these days, according to Me Marie-Claude Riou, a lawyer specializing in labor law who is not linked to the case. A cyberattack is indeed considered in the eyes of the law as a case of force majeure.

When we are in a case of force majeure, we can think in particular of COVID, we can think of a fire, a fire, that means that the employee cannot offer his work performance and the employer , at the same time, does not have to pay for the performance of work to the employeeshe says.

To be entitled to employment insurance, the employer must proceed with a layoff and provide a record of employment. This option seems excluded, however, since BRP wrote to Radio-Canada that it had no intention of laying off employees because of the cyberattack.

Although it is not obligated to pay its employees, BRP could choose to do so, in whole or in part.

With information from Guylaine Charette

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