The P.F. Chang’s China Bistro restaurant chain has become the latest to file a WARN Act notice in North Carolina related to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on its business, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
The chain filed a notice for each of its seven restaurants in North Carolina, including at 175 Harvey St. in Winston-Salem and at 3338 W. Friendly Ave. in Greensboro.
Each location was listed as having 75 employees affected by temporary layoffs and furloughs. The restaurants remain open daily with limited indoor seating capacity, as well as takeout and delivery.
The chain said most employees have been working at less than 50% of their pre-pandemic work hours over the past six months.
The chain filed the notice in large part because it said “it is unknown how long the reduction in hours will last, as our company has no control over governmental regulations relating to COVID-19.”
A statement from P.F. Chang’s is included below:
P.F. Chang’s is actually increasing its operation across the country as its takeout and delivery business continue to thrive and local and state restriction are relaxed for dine-in operations. These WARN notices were provided to all company restaurant employees in order to comply with WARN requirements to notify employees if their hours were reduced by more than 50% for 6 months or more.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in employees’ loss of hours that started last spring, there is a possibility that some individuals’ hours may have been reduced to that extent over a 6 month period and they have been notified of such a possibility. The Company was over inclusive in to whom the notices were sent to ensure any necessary compliance with the law.
Many P.F. Chang’s locations are hiring new employees and increasing hour for current staff. If qualified and interested, please apply at pfchangs.com/careers.