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Disney to furlough nonessential US employees amid coronavirus crises

The Walt Disney Co. said it will furlough employees "whose jobs aren't necessary at this time," starting April 19, amid the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on business operations, reported April 2.

In a memo, the media and entertainment giant said the affected employees will remain Disney employees throughout the "temporary, short-term" furlough period and get full benefits, including healthcare and compensation through the recently announced stimulus package.

The letter was sent to Disney Parks, Experiences and Products executives, salaried and non-union hourly cast members in the U.S. The exception reportedly included roles and projects that are crucial to running the company's operations during this period.

Disney had shut down its theme parks in the U.S., Hong Kong and Shanghai, China, last month in line with safety precautions related to the pandemic. The company's executives said they will cut their salaries to help Disney address the business impact of the coronavirus.

The company did not say how many employees will be affected by this move.

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