This year’s holiday season might be a lot less festive for hundreds of resort workers in the Las Vegas Valley who are facing potential layoffs in December, according to notices made public on Monday.
Gaming and Leisure Properties inc. (GLPI) and Penn National Gaming operated M Resort Spa Casino reportedly anticipates laying off 236 of its employees from December 21 through the two weeks following, while the Tropicana Las Vegas expressed in a notice that it plans to layoff 132 of its workers over two weeks beginning December 23, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Earlier this month, the Tropicana gave notice to 828 employees that they would be permanently laid off beginning Thursday, Oct. 15. According to a local source, a letter (at the time) to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation written by Mike Thoma, VP/Interim General Manager for Tropicana Las Vegas stated…
“These layoffs at Tropicana Las Vegas, Inc. are the unfortunate result of COVID-19 related business circumstances that were sudden, dramatic and beyond our control. The impact on our business was not reasonably foreseeable until now.”
“These significant drags on our business will likely continue for the foreseeable future,” added Thoma.
Apparently, the Tropicana had already notified the state of 661 layoffs before an additional 167 layoffs were tacked on.
In addition to the planned December layoffs, 180 employees at Park Theater and 164 workers at the MGM Grand Garden Arena are also facing layoffs, according to notices filed under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act by service corporation Aramark.
According to the Review-Journal, there was no mention of a date in the notices, however, an MGM Resorts International spokesman said no employees of MGM are affected.
The 1988 U.S. labor law (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act), helps ensure employees have advance notice in cases of closings and mass layoffs at large companies so they have time to find employment elsewhere.
Nevada employment landscape:
In September, Nevada added 3,400 jobs, according to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, but from the same time the previous year, the number of jobs has decreased by 127,000.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in the Sliver State in September was 12.6 percent, an 8.9 percent swell year over year. According to the news agency, approximately 13.2 percent of Nevada’s workforce was unemployed in August.