Boyd Gaming continues to reopen its casinos with four more set to resume operations Monday in Iowa and Missouri. However, the Las Vegas-based company is still feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic as it has notified thousands of workers nationwide that they soon may be out of a job.
The company sent letters to a portion of its workforce and to labor offices in states where they operate casinos that it expects to permanently layoff “between 25 percent and 60 percent” of workers at the impacted venues. For those the company chooses to retain, their furlough periods may last longer than six months.
In the letters sent to state labor officials dated May 22, Boyd Gaming cited “mandatory closures, guest limitations imposed by various regulatory authorities, and overall economic conditions” created by the COVID-19 emergency for the job cuts.
Boyd Gaming expects the layoffs to take place sometime between July 1 and July 14.
Copies of each Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) letter were not available. However, based on the 20 notices published in six states, the permanent cuts and extended furloughs may affect more than 10,300 workers. That includes workers at Boyd’s uniform laundry service and corporate headquarters.
At the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, more than 1,800 jobs could be affected.
In an email to Casino.org Friday, David Strow said Boyd wants to be “as transparent as possible” with employees. That’s why some received the letter indicating layoffs may take place in July.
A week after sending out the notices, he said the company still could not pinpoint the number of employees that will be recalled at each casino.
There continues to be uncertainty surrounding opening dates for some of our properties across the country that have been closed since mid-March,” Strow said. “In addition, it is very difficult to predict what business levels will look like as we reopen our properties, and how long it will take for business to recover to normal levels.”
The company furloughed nearly all of its employees effective on April 11 as it, like every other gaming company in the US, saw its casinos shut down in March by state officials due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the time, the company announced it would pay health insurance premiums for furloughed employees through June.
Strow said the furloughed workers will now receive healthcare benefits through the end of July.