Disney to furlough some Disney Theme Parks Cast Members Starting April 19th

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It has just been announced that Disney will be furloughing some Disney Theme Parks Cast Members Starting April 19th due to the Coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the country. This furlough will encompass salaried and non-salaried cast members and even some non-essential team members. All eligible cast members will however still receive healthcare benefits.

The news was shared on twitter by Ashley Carter from Spectrum News

“The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on our world with untold suffering and loss, and has required all of us to make sacrifices. Over the last few weeks, mandatory decrees from government official have shut down a majority of our businesses. 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. 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. The furlough process will begin on April 19, and all impacted workers will remain Disney employees through the duration of the furlough period. They will receive full healthcare benefits, plus the cost of employee and company premiums will be paid by Disney, and those enrolled in Disney Aspire will have continued access to the education program. Additionally, employees with available paid time off can elect to use some or all of it at the start of the furlough period, and once furloughed are eligible to receive an extra $600 per week in federal compensation through the $2 trillion economic stimulus bill, as well as state unemployment insurance.”

These furloughed Cast Members will be eligible for unemployment compensation, including the new higher levels offered by the federal government’s $2 trillion stimulus bill.