eginning on November 13, Boyd Gaming will permanently lay off 116 employees at Main Street Station and 168 workers at the California, the company told the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
The Cal reopened on June 4 while Main Street Station did not reopen in Downtown Las Vegas. In July, Boyd Gaming laid off 25 percent of its staff nationwide, Eater Las Vegas reports.
“The pandemic’s ongoing effects on our business remain unpredictable,” Chris Smith, vice president of corporate human resources, writes in two letters to the state that are part of the WARN Act, the federal law that requires most employers with 100 or more employees to provide 60 calendar-day advance notification of layoffs. “Because of the unforeseeable and dramatic continuing impacts of pandemic-related restrictions on our customers and our business, Boyd Gaming is giving as much notice as is practicable.”
Most of the layoffs involve casino floor staff, but Main Street Station is eliminating positions such as the manager brew master and manager at Triple 7 Restaurant & Brewery. At the Cal, a banquet chef, 13 bussers, five cocktail servers, nine cooks, 12 food servers, and a bartender and two bar backs are among the staff permanently losing their jobs.
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro laid off up to 300 staffers who worked an average of more than 20 hours a week before the coronavirus pandemic at its Las Vegas restaurants. At its restaurants at Planet Hollywood Resort, the District at Green Valley Ranch, Rampart Commons across from Boca Park, and at Town Square, the company says that up to 75 employees at each location are part of the layoffs.
“Many of our employees, at the restaurant identified above, have suffered a reduction of hours of greater than 50 percent because of the reduced operations at the restaurant,” writes Kim Murdock, the human resources business partner for the company, to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation through the WARN Act.