Baker’s Bay lays off majority of staff

Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club yesterday announced its closure and the laying off of the majority of its staff for the foreseeable future given the extensive damage left by Hurricane Dorian.

It was unclear up to press time how many people were laid off.

“This closure period is estimated between six to 15 months; however, it is simply a best guess given the large number of variables that factor into the successful reopening of the Club. We are cognizant that the staff needs answers regarding the prospects for future employment,” the company stated in a letter to its staff.

Hurricane Dorian swept over Abaco and Grand Bahama early last month, leaving devastation in its wake. So far, 65 have been confirmed dead, and thousands have been displaced.

Baker’s Bay said all its salaried and hourly staff will be paid through October 20, 2019. Since Dorian, it stated, all non-working hourly staff have been paid an average of their year-to-date non-overtime hours.

It noted that approximately 200 positions will be available for current employees who suit the roles.

“Individuals whose roles align with these positions will be contacted and requested to return to work,” the letter stated.

“Insofar as you are selected to return and decline the position, you will be deemed to be tendering your resignation per Bahamian labor law.

“For those individuals that occupy positions that the club will be unable to support during the estimated closure period of six to 15 months, these positions will be deemed redundant effective 10/21/2019 and these individuals will be paid in accordance with the Bahamian Employment Act.

“…All salaried employees will be contacted today, Monday, October 21, regarding his or her employment status while all hourly employees will be contacted on Tuesday, October 22 or Wednesday, October 23.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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