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Saratoga Casino Hotel issues WARN notices to furloughed team members

15 July 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Saratoga Casino Hotel announced today that they have issued Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN Act) notices to their currently 401 furloughed team members. More than 80% of the company’s workforce was impacted by the properties temporary closure beginning 16 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the initial closure, all furloughed team members received salary and wages for two weeks and currently all team members remain covered by the company’s health insurance.

Saratoga Casino Hotel will issue the legally required WARN Act notices due to circumstances beyond the company’s control and the uncertainty surrounding when the property will be allowed to reopen. Federal law requires large employers to issue WARN notices when a furlough or layoff is reasonably expected to stretch beyond six-months, and at this time it remains unclear as to when team members would be allowed to return to work. Advanced notice gives workers, their families, and communities time to transition, seek new employment, and enter workforce training programs.

Saratoga Casino Hotel has developed a multi-layered “Safe Bet” plan to implement physical modifications as well as policy and procedural changes to protect the health and safety of team members and guests. The plan follows all guidelines set forth by the CDC and the New York State Department of Health to ensure the safest environment possible and minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 pathogens. Saratoga Casino Hotel is prepared to open as soon as permitted by the state.

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