By Caribbean News Global contributor
NASSAU, Bahamas — Effective March 25, Baha Mar president Graeme Davis announced via letter to resort, employees, that the hotel will suspend operations until further notice and temporarily layoff all non-essential staff. Full-time staff will receive the equivalent of 40 percent of their base pay as of March 26, for up to 90 days.
The letter reads:
“In the almost three years since Baha Mar opened its doors, we’ve experienced remarkable success thanks to our incomparable staff, innovative partners, and our incredible guests.
That success has been shared with The Bahamas as a whole.
Now The Bahamas and the world are faced with another period of uncertainty. As the global community grapples with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety, and wellbeing of our staff, partners, guests and the Bahamian citizens, are our top priority, and as such, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend operations until further notice beginning March 25 at 3pm.
Baha Mar will continue to pay insurance premiums necessary to maintain your Health insurance, Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (ADD) Insurance coverage.
If you have signed up for additional Dental, Vision, or Dependent Insurance Coverage, or you have established a Voluntary Employee Pension Account with the Bahamas Hotel Industry Management Pension Fund, you will remain responsible for the payment of any required contributions. However, those payments will be deferred and the Company will auto deduct from pay periods following your return to work.
We are working to complete 880 form for each associate to be sent directly to NIB. Please contact NIB to determine your eligibility to collect unemployment. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) continues to be a great resource. Please consider calling this confidential support service which is free to use. The EAP can be reached at 1-866-290-4423.”
The weeks ahead are sure to be trying, but we look forward with hope and anticipation to a time when we will welcome our guests and associates back to our property for the spectacular experiences, we are known for around the world.
On behalf of the entire Baha Mar family, we wish you and your loved one’s continued good health. Thank you for your incredible perseverance and patience in this difficult time.”