Filings Show Wide Range of Coronavirus Layoffs

From Miami’s famed Eden Roc Hotel to a plastics-molding company in Indiana, businesses are cutting employees by the hundreds due to slowdowns from the coronavirus.

Before closing plants or making major layoffs, they’re required to file advance notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. Below is a snapshot of selected filings showing the range and depth of cuts related to Covid-19.

Manufacturing

  • Mitchell Plastics of Charlestown, Ind., announced the temporary layoff of 360 employees due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Staff reductions are scheduled from Monday, March 23 to Friday, April 3 for most Toyota production lines. Ford production lines are tentatively scheduled to restart operations on March 30. Workers’ last day of work was March 20.

Hotels

  • Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach, Fla., announced both permanent and temporary layoffs of 257 employees “due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in social distancing measures, travel restrictions, and ongoing government-mandated business closures.” As a result, “the Hotel has experienced an unforeseen, sudden and dramatic loss of business, and must reduce its workforce.” Hilton Garden Inn in Milford, Conn., announced the permanent layoffs of 49 employees.
  • Le Meridien in Indianapolis announced 33 temporary layoffs starting on March 23, due to “unforeseeable, dramatic downturn in business and occupancy caused by the coronavirus natural disaster.”
  • Indianapolis Marriott East announced temporary layoffs of 98 employees due to the “unforeseeable, dramatic downturn in business and occupancy caused by the coronavirus natural disaster.” The expected date of the first separation will be March 23.
  • Holiday Inn Convention Center Stevens Point, let go of 143 employees as a result of the unforeseeable, dramatic downturn in business and occupancy caused by the coronavirus natural disaster — the separations are expected to be temporary.
  • Hotel management company Ceres Enterprises, Ohio, laid off 61 employees due to Covid-19.
  • Hyatt Regency Milwaukee announced the layoffs of roughly 100 employees as a result of the unforeseeable, dramatic downturn in business and occupancy caused by the coronavirus natural disaster. This mass layoff is expected to be the temporary.
  • Park Hotel in Wisconsin is temporarily closing its business and laying off all or most of its staff of 120 workers in response to unforeseen federal, state, and local emergency orders relating to the global pandemic.

Restaurants

  • Chowder Pot restaurant in Hartford, Conn., announced temporary layoffs of 95 employees.
  • Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern in Indiana is temporarily laying off approximately 65 employees: “The layoffs are occurring because of the ordered the closure of restaurants and bars due the world pandemic.”
  • Black Shoe Hospitality laid off all of the hourly employees at its five restaurants in Wisconsin, affecting almost 150 employees.
  • Punch Bowl Social, a restaurant located Indianapolis, Ind., announced permanently laying off 91 employees due to Covid-19. The affected employees received notice on March 16.

Other

  • OSM Avation advised that 160 personnel in Fort Lauderdale will be furloughed effective March 22, “due to the exigent, unavoidable and unforeseeable business circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
  • Future Media Group laid off 17 people due to “economic and unforeseen business circumstances as a result of COVID-19.”
  • Direct Buy Home Improvement, Merrillville, Ind., announced permanent layoffs of 25 full-time and one part-time employee as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Totally Promotional, Ohio, will experience layoffs as a result of a significant downturn in business due to the unforeseeable nature of the coronavirus pandemic. The company plans to initiate a series of temporary, voluntary, and permanent layoffs of 75 to 150 employees between March 17 and June 15.
  • Wayzata Home Products, Indiana, plans to cut 165 employees “due to significant and recent unforeseeable business circumstances, including the market and financial impact of the global spread of COVID-19 and the Company’s unsuccessful efforts to obtain additional capital investment.” The company made the decision to permanently cease all of its business operations on March 13.
  • Wisconsin Central School Bus announced temporary layoffs of 48 part-time employees as a direct result of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ order to close schools. The employees will be recalled as soon as school resumes.
  • Eddie Martini’s temporarily laid off a total of 30 employees in Wisconsin as a result of the outbreak of Covid-19.

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