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11 Kern County businesses announce layoffs and closures

Posted at 3:23 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 23:35:05-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — As businesses continue to struggle amid the coronavirus, the Kern County Board of Supervisors were notified of 11 more businesses announcing layoffs and closures.

The following businesses announced changes:

  • Boy Scouts of America - The Western Los Angeles County Council of BSA which includes Camp Whitsett in Kernville has announced cessation of operations and layoffs with the separation period beginning April 15.
  • Clinica Sierra Vista - A number of work sites have remained opened but will experience a reduction in force.
  • Consolidated Entertainment Group - has been forced to lay off nearly 70 employees, the vast majority, at Reading Cinemas Valley Plaza.
  • Darden Restaurants - Yard House and Olive Garden in Bakersfield will be placing team members on temporary, unpaid furloughs and/or temporary reduced work schedules.
  • H&M - Tejon Outlets & Valley Plaza Mall - have announced a notice of temporary furlough for all in-store employees.
  • Haddad Bashirtash Group - has determined that it is necessary to layoff 50 or more employees within a 30 day period at its Bakersfield locations, which began on March 24.
  • Kohl's - As of April 5, the company announced a mass layoff including its two Bakersfield locations. The layoff is expected to be temporary.
  • RLMK Inc - A number of McDonald's workers in Bakersfield, Taft, Wasco and Shafter have been permanently laid off.
  • Sleep Number - All operations at its facilities have been temporarily suspended with employees being temporarily furloughed as of April 9 with the furlough expected to be temporary.
  • Smileland Dental - Announced closures to their Kern County practices beginning on March 18, suspending non-urgent dental care. The location at 3990 Ming Ave remains open for emergency procedures with limited staff members.
  • Urbane Cafe - substantially reduced operations and have laid off four employees.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) helps ensure advance notice in cases of qualified plant closings and mass layoffs.

The U.S. Department of Labor has compliance assistance materials to help workers and employers understand their rights and responsibilities under the provisions of WARN.