ncore Boston Harbor announced Monday that it will lay off 385 employees, which lost their company benefits starting Tuesday, but could regain job seniority if they are rehired within 90 days.
The Everet casino doesn’t anticipate the positions returning in 2020. “With continued efforts from the state to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Encore Boston Harbor continues to operate with a significantly reduced capacity in all parts of our resort,” the casino said in a statement. “As we take a look at our business during these extraordinary conditions, we do not believe that all Encore Boston Harbor jobs will return in 2020.”
The Everett resort has 2,700 employees working now, with another 915 still on furlough. The company spent $19.3 million during its closure to continue paying the Everett staff’s salaries and benefits between April 1, the start of the second quarter, and May 15, Mass Live reports. In late June, Encore announced furloughs for 3,000 employees.
The move to layoff employees comes after Encore Boston Harbor announced earlier this month that it finished the second quarter $53.8 million in the red as it was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The casino reopened in July 12 with 1,900 slot machines, 560 table games, and the private rooms are still available.
Wynn Resorts, the parent company of Encore, reported $85.7 million in operating revenues for the second quarter, a close to 95% drop from what the company reported this time last year.