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More Kern County businesses announce layoffs in light of COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 11:44 AM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 16:42:08-04

The Kern County Board of Supervisors has received WARN letters announcing layoffs and furloughs from several Kern County businesses.

TJX Companies, Inc. announced that it has furloughed employees at several of its stores in the area. The furloughs began on April 12th and are expected to last less than four months. The furloughs include 32 employees at the HomeGood store on Stockdale Highway, 66 employees at the Marshalls stores on Ming Ave. and China Lake Blvd, and 79 employees at the TJ Maxx stores on Ming Ave. and Stockdale Highway.

Crest Logistics in Delano announced that they were conducting layoffs at its S. Browning Rd. location after Loup Logistics Company unexpectedly closed the facility due to the impact of COVID-19. Loup Logistics was operating the location. Crest Logistics said they did not expect Loup Logistics to "suddenly and dramatically announce a termination of operations" on May 8th. Over 40 employees are expected to be laid off.

Tom's Restaurants laid off 320 employees at several of their locations in California. Among the locations affected were restaurants in Lancaster, Palmdale, and Rosamond. The company said that it may re-hire some of the employees, "but will not know until the COVID-19 pandemic has passed and business operations return to normal." The company does not anticipate further layoffs.

Finally, Halliburton announced layoffs at its 7th Standard Rd operation due to "the unprecedented decline in oil and gas commodity pricing due to OPEC+ policy and worldwide business disruptions on our customers and suppliers due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19." Over 30 employees are subject to layoffs, which began in April.