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IGT furloughs 2,300 amid Covid-19 pandemic 


International Game Technology (IGT) has implemented a temporary furlough programme for its staff in the US as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, impacting 2,300 employees. 

Robert Vincent, chair of the supplier’s primary operating subsidiary for its US lottery business, IGT Global Solutions Corporation arm, explained that the pandemic had significantly impacted its customers and markets.

Its priority was therefore to protect staff and clients’ health, while continuing to serve customers and stakeholders.

“We are taking specific actions to bring our operations in line with customer and player demand,” he said. “These include base salary reductions for senior leaders and the implementation of short-term furlough programs for certain employee groups. 

“We will continue to work diligently to support the welfare of our people with a focus on our industry’s short-term sustainability and longer-term success.”

The furlough will last for eight weeks, effective April 6, with employees to continue receiving health and welfare benefits for the duration. 

IGT becomes the latest to announce staff furloughs, following Penn National Gaming and Churchill Downs Incorporated and Scientific Games. 

Caesars Entertainment, meanwhile, has today (April 3) announced similar measures that will affect around 90% of employees at its US properties, as well as head office staff.

All commercial casinos in the US are currently closed, with only small tribal venues still open, something that the American Gaming Association (AGA) says leaves up to 650,000 employees unable to work.