Walt Disney Co to dismiss non-essential employees amid COVID-19 outbreak

Despite this closure, the media and entertainment conglomerate has promised to pay full benefits to all affected employees.

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A closed Disney store is pictured in Times Square following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The impact of the coronavirus outbreak has forced many global multinational companies to furlough their employees, owing to the current financial burden.  On the same lines, in a response to the outbreak, Walt Disney Co has decided to temporarily dismiss some non-essential US employees across the Company on April 19, after the temporary closure of production and theme parks.

Despite this closure, the media and entertainment conglomerate had promised to pay full benefits for all impacted employees. All these workers will remain Disney employees through the furlough period and will receive full healthcare benefits. Disney will pay the cost of employee healthcare premiums.

The Company said in an official statement, “However, with no clear indication of when we can restart our businesses, we’re forced to make the difficult decision to take the next step and furlough employees, whose jobs aren’t necessary at this time.”

The number of employees to be affected from this decision is not yet disclosed by the company.

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