The Walt Disney Company has said it would begin to furlough employees “whose jobs aren’t necessary at this time” amid widespread business closures, in the latest sign of the harsh economic fallout from global coronavirus crisis. The furloughing process will begin on 19 April 2020.
The impact is expected to be significant. Disney’s parks and resorts employ more than 170,000 people, many of whom are part time.
Those affected by the program will remain Disney employees through the duration of the furlough period, Disney said. The company also promised full healthcare benefits, and will cover the cost of employee premiums.
Disney’s announcement does not include union members, who are covered by collective bargaining agreements.