Mandarin Oriental Taipei to lay off 207 workers by June end

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TAIPEI (CNA) — Mandarin Oriental, Taipei will lay off 207 workers by the end of this month as a result of economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, a city official confirmed on Monday.

Based on an agreement reached between the labor and management on May 29, 205 employees will continue to work at the five-star hotel until June 27, while another two will work until June 30, said Chen Hsin-yu (陳信瑜), director of the city’s Department of Labor.

Chen said the Employment Services Office under her department will host a job recruitment at the hotel on June 15 to help the employees find new jobs.

It will be the hotel’s second wave of layoffs, following the suspension of 39 workers during the March 27-May 27 period.

Asked why the hotel had not reported its layoff plan 60 days earlier to the municipal authorities in line with the Act for Worker Protection of Mass Redundancy, Chen said the planned layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic is viewed by the municipal labor authorities as a natural disaster and is therefore not subject to the act.

Under the terms of the May 29 agreement, the workers to be laid off will receive better benefits than the Labor Standards Act can offer, she said.

There will be no legal problems as long as the hotel proceeds with the plan before July 6 in compliance with the laws, Chen said.