As we recently reported, employees of Lifetouch in Ontario were informed on December 3 that the local operation was reducing staff.
In a same day letter to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Shutterfly Lifetouch shared more specifics of that reduction.
The letter reads in part:
“We anticipate a total of 100 positions will be affected by this workforce reduction, and this workforce reduction at the Ontario Facility and the associated employment losses are expected to be permanent. The first employment separations related to this workforce reduction are expected to occur on February 4, 2021, and all employment separations related to this workforce reduction are anticipated to occur on that same date, February 4, 2021.”
An itemization of impacted positions is included, with the largest number of employees, 21, being designated as a “Pre-Production Data Entry Clerk.”
The letter places the current COVID-19 health crisis as the primary reason for this action.
“I am writing to notify you that due to the ongoing and profound impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our Lifetouch Church Business operations, including the closing and delayed reopening of churches and other places of worship across the country, which are now expected to remain closed much longer than originally anticipated due to the recent significant increase in COVID-19 cases and related local and state government actions…,” it shares.
The Ontario operation is housed in the former Bookery building on West Fourth Street, across from Richland Mall. It was acquired by Shutterfly earlier this year.