The Journal Gazette
Monday, March 30, 2020 12:02 pm

Macy's to furlough majority of its 130,000 workers

ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Macy's will furlough a majority of its 130,000 workers with its stores dark.

The company on Monday said it is transitioning to an ‘’absolute minimum workforce" needed to maintain basic operations.

Online operations won't be hit as hard.

Employees who are enrolled in health benefits will continue to receive coverage with the company covering 100% of the premium.

“We expect to bring colleagues back on a staggered basis as business resumes,"the company said.

Macy's closed all its stores this month, more than 500, as the coronavirus spread.

To survive, it has suspended its dividend, drawn down its line of credit, frozen hiring and spending and canceled orders. Macy's is now evaluating all financing options.

Sign up for our Coronavirus newsletter

Sent daily