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US – MGM files notice for mass lay-off of entertainment and sports betting staff

By - 29 July 2020

MGM Resorts has confirmed that an unspecified but large percentage of its entertainment and sports betting workforce will lose their jobs August 31.

The operating giant filed a notice with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) that requires a 60 day advance notification of mass layoffs.

MGM said that with the pandemic continuing it no longer looked ‘safe to restart shows prior to August 31, 2020.’

It added that it would look to reemploy as many laid off members of the workforce once the entertainment and sports calendars were back to normal.

MGM Resorts International Director of Media Relations Brian Ahern said: “Given that it is unlikely that concerts and other entertainment events will be returning to Las Vegas in the next month, it has unfortunately impacted the employees who support those shows. We’ve pledged to be as transparent and supportive as possible with employees and are working to reduce the impact and help them moving forward.

“We’re continuing to coordinate with public officials and look forward to the time when we can bring back employees to support our entertainment offerings and relaunch entertainment for our guests.”

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