WWE employees who were furloughed this week could be coming back in a few months.
According to a report from Wrestling Inc., employees who were furloughed did get an information packet that explained why they were furloughed in the first place. The packet reportedly said those people were furloughed due to the "current level of work available as a result of COVID-19." The pandemic was referred to "an unforeseen circumstance, akin to a natural disaster."
Although people were furloughed on April 15, they will remain on WWE's payroll until April 18 when the furlough officially begins. According to the report, the current end date is July 1, but that date is subject to be changed "given the current situation and ongoing uncertainties." The packet does not have a definitive end date but noted that the furlough period is expected to last less than six months.
WWE added that it plans to keep all the employees that were going affected by this decision. Despite this, layoffs could still happen. In addition, WWE will also be covering health insurance contributions during the furlough period for employees enrolled in the WWE health plan and those employees will still retain their seniority within the company. Wrestling Inc. also reported that WWE said furloughed employees will not be receiving a paycheck, however they may be eligible for unemployment benefits as well as the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.