Disney to Furlough Non-Union Employees Starting April 19

Disney will furlough its non-union park employees starting April 19 due to closures during the coronavirus outbreak.

During the furlough, employees will receive full health-care benefits, with Disney paying the cost of employee and company premiums.

The entire Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment has around 177,000 cast members.

“Disney employees have received full pay and benefits during this time, and we’ve committed to paying them through April 18, for a total of five additional weeks of compensation,” the company said in a statement to CNBC. “However, with no clear indication of when we can restart our businesses, we’re forced to make the difficult decision to take the next step and furlough employees whose jobs aren’t necessary at this time.”

Employees whose roles or projects are crucial to maintaining operations during this closure period will remain on duty, Disney said.

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