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YMCA, Crunch, school bus company latest to lay off employees

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COVID-19 Idaho

Several additional employers let the State of Idaho know about large-scale layoffs.

BoiseDev closely tracks notifications to the State of Idaho under the federal  Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. Three new notices came in in recent days.

Treasure Valley YMCA

Treasure Valley YMCA informed 43 employees that they would lose their positions in a letter dated March 30th. The largest category included “wellness floor engagement instructors,” with 29 employees laid off. Other positions include swim coaches, housekeeping and HR. The Y said it made the layoffs due to facility closures related to COVID-19.

The letter provided to the State of Idaho didn’t indicate if the layoffs were permanent or temporary. The Y closed all local facilities, and provided members options to pause or continue memberships.

CRUNCH Fitness

Idaho Health and Fitness LLC, which operates the CRUNCH Fitness gyms laid off 328 employees. The layoffs included general managers, assistant managers, member sales, personal trainers and group fitness instructors among others.

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The company also said COVID-19-related gym closures drove the decision, but “at this time and based on the information currently available, we anticipate the layoffs will be temporary.” The layoffs took effect on March 31st.

[Crunch Fitness won’t open in SE Boise, after all]

First Student

First Student, which operates school buses for the Boise School District, will lay off 178 employees. The company told the state that 178 employees “may” be subject to a layoff.

“The First Student contract with the Independent School District of Boise City will terminate, with a projected date of April 30, 2020, which was originally scheduled to end on June 30, 2020,” a letter from First Student’s Laura Hansen said.

The Boise School District earlier announced it would keep schools closed through the end of the academic year.

WARN totals

The latest notifications put the number of COVID-19-related layoffs filed with the State of Idaho under the WARN Act at 820.

Earlier: Nashua Builders, others, tell state of significant layoffs, Meridian theater tells State it laid off its employees: first to make WARN notification in wake of COVID-19

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