Delaware North Places Staff on Temporary Leave
Delaware North has placed a majority of its full-time employees on temporary leave following the closure of many of its 200 operating locations in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia in response to COVID-19.
In the early days of the pandemic, Delaware North took immediate emergency actions to stabilize the financial outlook, including restricting business travel and delaying ongoing projects. Now the company, along with many others in the hospitality industry, is absorbing ongoing financial losses as a result of government directives appropriately aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19.
Because of the sheer size of the company’s workforce and the uncertainty over when the crisis will subside, Delaware North CEOs Jerry Jacobs Jr., Lou Jacobs and Charlie Jacobs have made the agonizing but unavoidable decision to place more than two-thirds of the company’s 3,100 full-time employees on temporary leave.
Great attention was given to ensuring that full-time employees will continue to receive their medical, dental and vision benefits for eight weeks and a full week of pay for the first week on leave. The company’s greatly reduced full-time workforce staying on is doing so at a reduced rate of pay. In addition, thousands of frontline part-time employees are now no longer being scheduled for work as a result of the shuttered operations.
The company’s airport locations continue to operate on a reduced scale.