BREAKING NEWS: Disney Theme Parks To Furlough Non-Essential Employees
According to a piece just published in the Orange County Register, Disney will furlough non-essential employees at BOTH Disneyland and Walt Disney World. This will go into effect on April 19th and will continue until the parks re-open due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This news is based on a letter from the company to U.S. based executives, salaried and non-union hourly employees of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
The letter reads, “With the utmost care and consideration, we are instituting a temporary, short-term furlough for executive, salaried and non-union hourly Cast Members based in the U.S. with the exception of those whose roles or projects are crucial to maintaining our operations during this closure period, effective April 19.”
“With no clear indication of when we can restart our businesses, we’re forced to make the difficult decision to take the next step and furlough employees whose jobs aren’t necessary at this time,” the letter continues. “The furlough process will begin on April 19, and all impacted workers will remain Disney employees through the duration of the furlough period.”
Furloughed employees will receive full healthcare and insurance benefits. Employees can use some or all of their paid time off at the start of the furlough period.
“Once furloughed, they are eligible to receive an extra $600 per week in federal compensation through the $2 trillion economic stimulus bill, as well as state unemployment insurance,” Disney officials said in the statement.
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