[Ed. – The idea was to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed with coronavirus patients. It looks as though the powers that be pushed a little too hard.]
Mayo Clinic is furloughing or reducing the hours of about 42 percent of its 70,000 employees across all of its campuses in an attempt to mitigate the financial losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Department managers at the clinic have been reaching out to employees all week about these changes.
“Approximately 30,000 staff from across all Mayo locations will receive reduced hours or some type of furlough, though the duration will vary depending on the work unit,” according to a statement on Wednesday from spokeswoman Ginger Plumbo.
As these will be furloughs, not layoffs, Mayo Clinic will continue to pay for the health care benefits for all of its employees while they are off work.
“Furloughs will begin in early May and will be spread through the rest of the year, with as many as possible happening through August,” added Plumbo.