Dundon says Hurricanes layoffs ‘Absolutely not true’

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  • The News and Observer reported that full-time employees of the Hurricanes would cease being paid starting next week. The Hurricanes team owner, Tom Dundon, denies those claims.

“Absolutely not true”, claims Dundon. “Not even close.”

“This is not something that’s really come up yet so I don’t know what happens in the future but as of now, it’s just not something we’re thinking about. We’re trying to figure a whole bunch of other things out,” Dundon said.

  • What the Canes did do Wednesday was send out an email to their non-contract full-timers requiring that they use all available vacation time next week.
  • The email said that employees who were out of vacation would be off without pay but team president Don Waddell told me that’s not actually the case.

“From a legal standpoint, you can’t force people to take their PTO (paid time off), you could ask them to take their PTO. If you talk to any of my vice presidents they’re all in these meetings, we agreed that we’re going to pay our people next week.”

Dundon added, “Normally people in our business would take their vacations at a different time than this and while we’re figuring it all out, we think it makes sense to get that accrued time done and we’re paying everybody.”

  • As the email also noted, the team is in uncharted waters. Team expenses amount to $5 to 7 million a month, according to Waddell.
  • He and Dundon are waiting to see what the federal stimulus bill may provide to help.

“Tom doesn’t want to lay people off,” Waddell said. “We may talk about other situations but we also want to understand this stimulus bill, we also want to understand how does that affect us, do we play a role and maybe we get some tax credits?”

  • In the meantime, Waddell had these words for nervous employees:

“Since I’ve been here we’ve treated employees, I believe very well. If you talk to people that work for us, we’ve always been very fair and we’re going to continue to make sure we take try to take care of them the best we can, the people that make things happen for us.”

Sources & Credits: ABC11.com
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