IPI says it’s still in compliance with rule on hiring US workers

DESPITE the massive layoffs in November due to Typhoon Yutu, Imperial Pacific International said it is still in compliance with the 30- percent U.S. workforce requirement.

Bertha Deleon Guerrero, IPI vice president of human resources, told the Commonwealth Casino Commission on Thursday that as of November, 32 percent of the company’s 1,884 employee were U.S. citizens.

She also said 307 casino employees — 279 guest workers and 28 U.S. workers —  received their separation pay for November. These employees either resigned or were laid off.

Deleon Guerrero said 13 H-2B workers were also laid off in November.

Commission vice chairman Joseph Reyes said the number of terminated employees “is a bit high — we should look into this.”

Deleon Guerrero said the aftermath of Typhoon Yutu was the primary cause of the job terminations.

“After the typhoon, we had to evaluate our operations and had to make some difficult decisions to reduce the workforce, and that is why the number of [terminations] is a bit high,” she said.

IPI legal counsel Charles McDonalds said the casino is now back to 24-hour operation.

The construction of the Imperial Pacific Resort Hotel is also in progress, IPI said.

The target completion of the resort hotel construction is Dec. 31, 2019 while  levels 3 to 13 of the tower hotel are expected to be completed by June 30, 2020.

The construction of level 2 of the VIP gaming section of the casino and level 14 sky level will start on Jan. 6, 2019, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. Phase 4 is the Beach Club whose construction will start on Jan. 10, 2019 and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2020.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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