Carhartt to furlough employees

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DEARBORN, Mi (WEHT) Carhartt is one of the latest businesses to announce they are furloughing employees due to COVID-19.

Carhartt says the furlough impacts about 500 associates at their plant in Hopkins County, Kentucky.

The company released the following statement:

The health and well-being of associates continues to be the number one priority at Carhartt. However, during these uncertain times, the company must also look at the long-term health of the business and take necessary steps to preserve its future.
As a result, Carhartt has made the difficult decision to enact a furlough from April 13th until May 9th for a number of associates across its supply chain facilities, company stores and corporate offices. These are positions that do not permit a work from home opportunity and impacts approximately 1,300 of the company’s 5,400 associates.  Prior to this furlough, all Carhartt associates that were unable to work due to temporary closures at our stores and manufacturing / distribution facilities received their salary in full from March 16th to April 12th.
The company is committed to ensuring associates base pay will not be impacted during this time. If the state unemployment and federal supplement do not equal a furloughed associate’s current pay, Carhartt will provide them with a lump sum payment in the week prior to the start of the furlough. In addition, Carhartt associates will continue to receive healthcare benefits throughout the furlough.
Carhartt leadership has also taken a significant reduction in pay equaling as much as 60%.
It’s important to note that this furlough does not impact our ability to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and gowns, as we previously shared last week.

Last Friday, we reported an employee at Carhartt’s distribution center in Hanson had tested positive for COVID-19.

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(This story was originally published on April 7, 2020)

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