McDonald’s Fast-Food Chain Closes US Offices Temporarily; Prepares for Layoffs

McDonald’s, one of the world’s top fast-food chains, closed all its offices in the US temporarily this week. According to reports Mcdonald’s is also preparing for a fresh round of layoffs, stated the Wall Street Journal.

McDonald’s authorities sent a mail to its US employees last week to start working from home from Monday to Wednesday. It is suspected to be a move of the company to virtually deliver the layoff notices. The layoffs are expected to be announced by Wednesday.

“During the week of April 3, we will communicate key decisions related to roles and staffing levels across the organization,” McDonald’s reportedly wrote in the mail. It is not known how many employees will lose their jobs. US employees of McDonald’s have also been asked to cancel all in-person meetings scheduled this week.

The fast-food chain said in January that it would review corporate staffing levels as part of an updated business strategy, which could lead to layoffs in some areas and expansion in others.

Several tech giants — including Google, Amazon, and Facebook — have drastically scaled down their operations recently.

Indians are among those who have been hit the hardest by the mass layoffs in US tech companies. H-1B visa holders who become unemployed can remain in the US legally for only 60 days without finding new employers to sponsor them.

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