Carolina Hurricanes furlough more than half of staff through June 7 amid coronavirus pandemic

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Friday, April 3, 2020
Carolina Hurricanes furlough more than half of staff
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Coronavirus furloughs have reached PNC Arena and the Carolina Hurricanes.

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- The Carolina Hurricanes announced Friday that it would be placing 55 percent of the staff on furlough effective immediately through June 7th.

Those employees will now be encouraged to take advantage of the federal government's stimulus package.

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From the team's statement:

"Employees placed on furlough who are not eligible to collect 100% of their full base salaries via unemployment insurance will be provided a bonus by the organization upon the conclusion of the furlough period to be made whole.

All furloughed employees will continue to receive healthcare benefits during the furlough period, and the company will assist employees by making their premium payments during that time."

President and GM Don Waddell released the following statement:

"The organization remains committed to taking care of our staff as well as possible given these unprecedented circumstances. We've created a solution that protects our employees from financial hardship, while also mitigating the losses suffered by the company during this shutdown."