The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which is shutdown as part of Gov. Sisolak’s statewide closure of all casinos and nonessential businesses that went into effect last Wednesday, is laying off their part-time and on-call employees.
The furlough went into effect on Tuesday.
Part of the company’s on-call employees who were impacted by the decision includes 40 on-call cocktail servers.
The furlough comes as the company readjusted their plans to compensate employees during the 30-day closure. A letter was sent to employees on Monday that included the update on pay policies and benefits during the coronavirus closure.
The company confirmed the decision on Tuesday, stating it was a difficult one to make during this difficult period that’s impacting the lives of industry workers across Las Vegas everywhere.
Cosmopolitan says they hope “to recall furloughed employees” as soon as possible.
“The impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly,” reads the company statement. “We look forward to welcoming back our guests and hope to recall furloughed employees as soon as we can.”
Full Pay for Full-time and Eligible Employees
Initially, the Cosmopolitan agreed to offer full pay and benefits to eligible employees through March 31, which would cover half of the mandated 30-day closure period.
However, the updated letter extends the previous policy by two weeks, offering full pay up until April 16, which would cover the entire projected shutdown period.
The company advised that health benefits will be available for eligible employees through June 30.
“We know the past few weeks have presented serious concerns and extraordinary challenges in our personal and professional lives, and we thank you for your ongoing dedication to the resort,” the letter reads.
The company describes non-eligible employees as employees who have worked less than an average of 30 hours a week over the last six months, on-call employees, and full-time employees who were hired on after March 1.
Other Casinos Operators Pay Policies to their Employees
Sahara Las Vegas – The company has laid off a number of its employees, with company officials stating that they will “absorb costs to maintain health benefits for all individuals affected by these changes during this difficult time.”
Boyd Gaming Corporation – According to employees, the company communicated they will pay one week of pay to hourly employees and two weeks of pay to managers.
MGM Resorts International – Company will offer part-time and full-time furloughed employees with two weeks of pay and health benefits, with eligible employees staying enrolled in the company’s health plans through June 30.
Station Casinos – Company is offering regular pay and health benefits through April 30 to all hourly and salaried full-time employees. The company has moved hundreds of employees with part-time status over to full-time status so that they’re able to receive the full benefits.
Caesars Entertainment Corporation – Company will pay full-time, part-time and regularly scheduled staff for up to two weeks of the casino closures with uninterrupted health benefits.
Las Vegas Sands Corporation – All levels of employees will be paid during the entire 30-day closure.
Penn National Gaming – Company officials advised that close to 3,200 staff members will receive pay and benefits through March 31.
Golden Entertainment – A company letter advised that all full-time hourly and salaried team members will receive pay for one week from the last day they worked, and were given the option to use vacation days and paid time off until the balances are fully used up.
Team members who are on the company’s health insurance plan will keep their benefits through the layoff period.
South Point – Company will offer full-time employees pay for 32 hours per week, along with full health benefits, until the property opens back up.
Golden Nugget – Employees have reported company furloughs. A company statement advised that all active full-time and part-time team members who worked up until the closure will be offered two weeks’ pay.
The company will also maintain benefits for team members who were enrolled in its health plan and “accepted and remain on furlough now through the end of the furlough period,” or through June 30.
Wynn Resorts – Company is granting all employees with 30-day payroll coverage.
Laid-Off Workers Flock to Unemployment Office
The huge number of currently unemployed casino workers are a mass majority of those who have been flocking to the unemployment office on West Charleston Boulevard.
The lines have been filled with workers from various points of the casino-entertainment industry, from convention workers to nightclub workers, to general food & beverage workers.
“It’s terrible. … There are thousands of people without jobs now,” said one Mandalay Bay employee in line, who chose to remain anonymous to protect her future job security.
Hector Padilla, a maintenance worker for Sahara Las Vegas, says the layoffs are a disservice to employees, considering the major profits casino operators have made in recent years:
“The average Joe is going to have to worry about making that last mortgage payment or buying food for our kids,” Padilla said. “Some people may have reserves, but other people, most people, do not.”
Another anonymous Planet Hollywood worker in the unemployment line said their biggest concern is how they’re going to get their bills paid, especially rent.
“I don’t know how I’m going to pay my bills now,” the Planet Hollywood employee expressed. “The mortgage companies, the landlords, they don’t care. They want their money. … If I don’t get paid, I’m going to get kicked out.”
Gov. Sisolak Explores Options to Protect “Most Vulnerable” Citizens
During last Thursday’s news conference, Gov. Sisolak attempted to reassure impacted Clark County citizens by letting the public know that his office was exploring every option to help protect those being impacted by these closures most.
One of those options includes eviction moratoriums.
“I have been in constant contact with my colleagues across the country, governors that all had various plans going,” Sisolak said. “That is another one of the issues that we’re looking at moving forward.”
Stay tuned to see how the statewide closure of all casinos and nonessential businesses plays out during the COVID-19 outbreak.