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Tampa hotel converts furloughs to layoffs

May 22, 2020 - The continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is hitting the workforce at the DoubleTree Tampa Airport Westshore. The hotel told state officials in a May 18 WARN notice that it would lay off more than 50 employees, or about one-third of its workforce, and the layoffs could exceed six months. In mid-March, the hotel put most of its employees on furlough, expecting the furloughs would last 60 to 90 days. "This no longer appears to be the case," the WARN said, citing abatement measures to contain the spread of the virus and uncertainty over when business levels will begin to rebound. Arl Tampa Management, which operates the hotel, decided to convert many of the furloughs to layoffs beginning May 15, the WARN said. As business needs dictate, the hotel will seek to rehire the laid-off workers, the notice said.

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