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Ensco plans "mass layoff" of offshore workers

LWC provides guidance to furloughed federal employees in Louisiana
Posted at 9:17 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 10:17:33-04

Ensco Offshore Company has announced it will "conduct a mass layoff of employees who are assigned to work offshore in the Gulf of Mexico."

According to the WARN letter sent by Ensco to the state labor department, the layoff will be effective May 30 for most employees. The company has an office in Broussard.

"This layoff is due to recent unforeseen business circumstances related to the COVID - 19 pandemic and the precipitous drop in oil prices resulting in severe adverse market conditions which have, in turn, lead to the termination, suspension and deferment of drilling contracts by our customers," the letter states. "The Company will be providing individual notice to all affected employees."

Although most employees will be laid off effective May 30, some may work a little longer in order to downman the rig, the letter says.

"Should that happen, the Company will provide as much notice as reasonably practicable of any change in the affected employees’ termination dates," the letter states. "Although certain employees may be re-employed should the rig secure a new drilling contract or if present contract commitments recommence at a later date, the layoffs are expected at this time to be permanent, and there are no bumping rights."

Two other companies operating locally announced layoffs in the past week or so. Read about that here and here.

For information on programs and support available for laid off workers, click here.

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