For employees who’ve had their hours reduced, Watts said, "we have provided relief pay for six weeks, and we assess our ability to continue to do so every two weeks. We are also covering 100% of the cost of benefits during this time. As dining rooms re-open, we are recalling them back to work."
The cuts were reported along with more than 4,100 temporary layoffs in North Carolina documented by the state's WARN reports.
In a company letter to the state, Bloomin’ Brands said the company has "significantly reduced the number of working hours for the vast majority of its restaurant employees. While the Company has not yet terminated the employment of any restaurant employee, and does not have current plans to terminate the employment of any restaurant employee, the Company believes the sudden and unexpected reduction of hours could constitute a layoff within the meaning of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification ('WARN') Act ..."
The COVID-19 impacts are expected at restaurants nationally, stated the letter.
In April, another major restaurant chain, Hooters, reported 30 local permanent layoffs, part of more than 400 statewide.
Other companies with WARN notices reported in New Hanover County include Enterprise Holdings with 233 permanent layoffs, part of nearly 900 statewide. Precision Hydraulic Cylinders had one local layoff.
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