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Larry H. Miller Group furloughs 40 percent of its sports and entertainment employees

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Posted at 11:23 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 13:23:01-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies is placing 40 percent of its sports and entertainment employees on furlough, a company spokesman confirmed Friday.

The furloughs affect people working in positions with the Utah Jazz, Vivint Smart Home Arena, Megaplex Theatres and the Salt Lake Bees.

"These are unprecedented times and, like other companies across all industries, the sports and entertainment world has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact has required all of us to make sacrifices. For the past eight weeks during the mandated hiatus, our employees continued to receive compensation and benefits while other cost-cutting measures were implemented," said Jim Olson, president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, in a statement sent to FOX 13.

The furlough process will begin Friday, and the affected employees will retain their healthcare benefits for the duration of the furlough period, the statement said.

"We are grateful for the contributions of these valued colleagues and we will be doing all we can to support them during this transition," Olson's statement said.

Watch FOX 13 for updates.