Universal Studios to auto enroll employees into Unemployment system

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Universal Studios announced a new plan to help their furloughed employees. The Orlando based theme park resort is going to help auto-enroll their employees into the Florida state unemployment system.

Universal Orlando has been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. For now, they will stay closed until May 31st. In regards to the pandemic’s effect on business, Universal released this statement earlier this month:

“We have also made the difficult decision that we will furlough our part-time hourly workers beginning May 3. During this time, we will fully cover the cost of benefit plans for those team members who have them.”

Being auto-enrolled into the unemployment system doesn’t mean they will receive their claims sooner than others. Instead, the intent is to help the state’s unemployment benefits system since they are swamped with new claims. Disney is doing a similar auto-enroll program with their furloughed cast members. The furloughed Universal employees still need to provide their necessary documentation to the Florida Department of Employment.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is forming a task force to help the state’s economy recover. Both Disney and Universal executives are on the task force. Their mission is to help the state’s furloughed workers.

Source: Spectrum News 13

Kevin Koszola