Employees have been paid at del Lago Resort & Casino even though it has been closed since March 16th.
This week the practice will end, and employees will be forced to sign-up for unemployment insurance if they want to continue seeing income.
Lance Young, del Lago’s executive vice president and general manager announced late in the week that its 1,100 employees would be furloughed. Employees will continue to receive health insurance benefits for six months. Whether the casino reopens or not.
“Our nation is experiencing an unprecedented health pandemic which is disrupting our routines, preventing our ability to visit family and friends, while devastating our economy,” Young said. “New York state is leading the nation in its efforts to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration’s effort during these challenging times.”
When the resort and casino shut down in March it marked the first time that had occurred since the casino opened in 2017.
“This is not a decision that was made lightly,” Young said of the furloughs. “Our employees are part of a workforce that is the backbone of the service industry. We hope the furlough period ends quickly and del Lago Resort & Casino employees can return to work.”