APAC employers ramping up health programmes for employees

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As the pandemic causes significant economic downturn, half of the organisations surveyed have taken actions to reduce cost through actions such as hiring freeze, while others are thinking of taking further steps such as furloughs (16%), workforce reduction (21%), reducing or delaying merit increases (23%), salary freeze (13%), salary reduction (10%) and reducing annual bonus accruals (26%) for the remainder of 2020.

In dealing with COVID-19’s impact, 40% of surveyed employers are looking at enhancing well-being programmes, while 23% will increase health care benefits. Also, almost two in five employers plan to enhance mental health services and stress or resilience

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Nearly 17,000 Southwest employees sign up for buyouts, voluntary leave as furlough threat looms

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A Southwest Airlines jet leaves Midway Airport on January 25, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

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More airline employees are signing up for buyouts, leaves of absence and early retirements as the threat of furloughs looms this summer amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Close to 17,000 employees or about 28% of Southwest Airlines’ workforce has signed up for partially paid extended leaves of absence or outright buyouts, the company’s CEO, Gary Kelly, told employees Monday. Nearly 4,400 put their hands up for buyouts while close to 12,500 expressed interest in extended time off, Kelly said in a staff

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Coronavirus prompts American Airlines to warn 25,000 employees on potential job cuts

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An airline employee walks past empty American Airlines check-in terminals at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on May 12, 2020.

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American Airlines on Wednesday warned about 25,000 front-line employees — close to 20% its workforce — about potential furloughs, the latest carrier to prepare staff for job cuts as the coronavirus pandemic dashes hopes for a quick rebound in travel demand.

The airline also urged employees to take new buyout and early retirement packages to get as many people off payroll as possible before having to involuntarily cut their jobs. 

Airlines are prohibited from cutting

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United braces 36,000 employees for job cuts as pandemic roils travel demand

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A row of United Airlines passenger planes parked at gates at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado.

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United Airlines on Wednesday said it is warning about 36,000 front-line employees — more than a third of its staff — about potential furloughs as the coronavirus pandemic continues to roil travel demand.

The potential for the mass job cuts, the largest announced by a U.S. airline so far, comes as signs of a recovery in air travel fade with new coronavirus infections and travel restrictions.

Federal law requires employers to give staff notice about possible layoffs or

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