Bayada Home Health Care will shut down its office operations in Tampa Bay, laying off a total of 682 local employees.
The New Jersey-based company notified the state through the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act that it plans to close four of its local Assistive CareState Program offices April 1.
“Due to several external forces, we have made the difficult decision to close our locations that provide Medicaid personal care and support services in the state of Florida,” the company said in a statement to media.
The filed WARN letters were published on Jan. 24.
Bayada provides hospice and personal care services. The news of the closures follows the New Jersey Economic Development Authority cutting incentives for Bayada. The firm has also publicly talked about the staffing shortages that it was facing.
The four Tampa Bay area offices and the number of employees affected are:
- Brooksville: 306 employees
- Brandon: 150 employees
- Port Richey: 144 employees
- Clearwater: 79 employees
Additionally, the company will lay off three remote workers.
The majority of the affected positions are those who work as home health aides. The other impacted employees include managers and directors for recruiting and client services.
The affected employees do not have bumping rights and do not have union representation, according to the letters.
“We are working closely with our key referral partners to help ensure our clients have continued care. We’re also working closely with impacted employees as they seek new opportunities, including roles at other Bayada locations throughout the state,” the statement read.
Bayada has 26,000 employees and has 350 offices. It has 14 offices in Florida, including the four that are to be closed, according to the company’s website.