Two casino venues on the Las Vegas Strip have revealed they intend to lay off several employees.
The Circus Circus Hotel & Casino and Tropicana Las Vegas, in Las Vegas Nevada, have notified the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation that will lay off 252 and 620 staff respectively, between now and October.
As both companies have more than 100 employees, they must comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act and provide advance warnings of mass layoffs.
Both Circus Circus and Tropicana Las Vegas have made the information regarding the layoffs available to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. This information includes details on the expected schedule for implementing the layoffs, job titles of affected positions, the number of jobs at risk in each classification, and the details of each union representing staff.
Circus Circus layoffs
On 30 June, Circus Circus informed Clark County Commission chairperson the Clark County Commission chairperson, the city’s mayor, and the Employment Security Division of the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, that from 1 September 2020, the company will permanently lay off 252 employees.
After the World Health Organisation announced the world had entered a pandemic with the coronavirus and the US entered a state of emergency in March, Circus Circus commenced furloughs, reduction in work hours and the permanent termination of 2,074 employees on 17 March.
The Penn National Gaming-owned Tropicana Las Vegas informed the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation that it planned to let staff go on 3 July.
Penn’s notice informs the department that from 15 October, 620 employees will be permanently laid off. The letter highlights the coronavirus pandemic as one of the reasons behind the terminations.
The letter described the pandemic as: “circumstances that were sudden, dramatic and beyond our control,” and explained that the company could not predict the terminations at the start of the pandemic.
Penn also explained that due to the lockdown and closure of venues in different states where Penn operates and an inability to know when properties would be allowed to reopen were the reasons the company could not predict the terminations.