According to Richard Bilbao of the Orlando Business Journal, four WARN Act notices have been filed by Universal Orlando Resort and Loews Hotels within the state of Florida for 1,015 jobs at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel, and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, plus a support facility. Lowes Hotels has issued the following statement to OBJ:
Unfortunately, the global pandemic surrounding Covid-19 has forced [Loews] to make some difficult decisions as it relates to our workforce. Team Members are the backbone of our company and rest assured, these measures were not taken lightly.
The WARN Act requires most employers with 100 or more employees to provide 60 calendar-day advance notification of plant closings and mass layoffs of employees. Given the extremely low occupancy rates at Universal Orlando Resort hotels, it seems the cuts were inevitable as a result of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel and tourism.
We’ll continue to update this post as further information becomes available, and our hearts go out to all Team Members affected by the layoffs.