Enterprise Holdings has laid off 2,060 employees including permanently cutting some workers it previously place on temporary layoff or furlough.
In multiple Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notices to the state dated Monday, the company said it "experienced a dramatic downturn in business" as a result of local government shutdown orders and federal CDC guidance on social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, which brought business and leisure travel to a near standstill.
Enterprise Holdings operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, and Enterprise Fleet Management.
Clayton-based Enterprise said in the notices it had thought downturn would last about one month, "However, in light of the recent extension of applicable governmental shutdown orders, intervening and extended federal and CDC guidance regarding social distancing, and additional data and analysis revealing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Enterprise’s financial condition, Enterprise has realized that additional action is necessary." In several of the notices, Enterprise said that action included "permanent terminations," including of some workers who previously had been on temporary layoff.
Layoffs will begin Thursday, or within 14 days thereafter, at some locations, while some of the layoffs began March 23, according to the company's notices.