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Some City of Calgary finance staff get work from home extension to June 5

The City of Calgary has extended the work-from-home mandate for members of at least one city department.

Earlier this year, the City laid out plans for people leaders to come back to work starting March 6, with the option of one telework day each week. In April, the remaining employees approved for prior telework could still do telework for two days a week.

On Friday, the City informed LWC that there is a small group of finance employees that will return from remote working on June 5.

“This later date will help this group meet critical external audit requirements and a legislated financial year-end reporting deadline of May 1,” the city said in an email response.

“Once those deadlines are met, the group can turn its attention to preparing for return to corporate workspace by June 5.”

The City said some finance groups and staff are already working in the new hybrid work-from-home model.

When LWC initially broke the work-from-home plan story, the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 38 (CUPE 38) – the union representing a large portion of inside workers – said that one size doesn’t fit all in a work arrangement.

“Certainly, what we’re hearing from our members is a disappointment in terms of putting a bit of a straitjacket on it by that standardization,” said CUPE 38 president D’Arcy Lanovaz, back in late January.