By NICHOLAS FISHER The NHL’s NHLPA has issued a warning to players and coaches about the NHLPA’s recent guidelines that outline eligibility requirements for employment applications.
The NHLPA released a press release Wednesday that stated that NHL players and NHL coaches are eligible for an unemployment application if they meet the following criteria:The release stated: The NHLPA is concerned that some NHL players may be applying for unemployment assistance under the Employment Application, or EAA, in lieu of an actual unemployment insurance claim, or that some coaches may be filing for unemployment benefits based on an employment application.
If you are a player or a coach, the NHLPPA encourages you to review the NHL’s EAA eligibility guidelines and apply as soon as possible to the best available jobs and opportunities.
If the EAA is being used as a means to qualify for unemployment, the player or coach should verify with the NHL that the EEA is being properly used to qualify the employee for unemployment compensation.
The release also states that the NHL is not issuing a general rule of eligibility for the EA, and that the only general rule is the one issued by the NHL.
However, it added that NHL teams and players should follow the EDA requirements in their specific situations.
“We do not expect players or coaches to be making employment decisions based on their employment application, and we do not encourage any player or club to apply for an EEA without having completed their own job search and being prepared to answer questions about their own personal situation,” the release stated.
“In some instances, we are issuing guidance to help players and/or coaches avoid these situations by providing additional information, including a checklist, and/and an explanation of the EPA eligibility guidelines.
Players and/ or coaches should also understand that the league does not have jurisdiction over the employment applications of employees who are unemployed.
We encourage players and employers to contact their NHL teams or NHL teams’ employment offices for any questions regarding the ETA eligibility guidelines, as well as other information related to employment eligibility.”
The release said the NHL will release an additional guidance for players and the league in the coming days.