Cosmopolitan vows to give $1 million in bonuses to employees, with a catch
By Bob Garcia
The Las Vegas casino will give employees a bonus if 80% of the workforce gets the COVID-19 vaccine
The Cosmopolitan hotel and casino in Las Vegas is ready to open its wallet for its employees. The property, despite taking a hit from COVID-19 last year, is willing to pay out $1 million in employee bonuses, certainly welcome cash following the struggles Vegas employees have experienced. However, the bonus doesn’t come without a catch and it’s now up to the employees to make paying the extra funds worthwhile for the Cosmopolitan. At least 80% of the casino’s workforce must receive the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1 for the bonus to be paid.
Las Vegas, as well as other cities around the world, came to a screeching halt because of the coronavirus pandemic. The casino industry was hit especially hard and all gambling properties are counting on a fast recovery to be able to put everything back in order. The COVID-19 vaccine has been seen as a way to help that process, and the Cosmopolitan is willing to pay its employees to receive their shots. The casino was the first on the Las Vegas Strip to offer free on-site vaccines for its employees, making the decision an easy one.
The casino explained in a statement, “In response to the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s clear direction to gaming companies to accelerate the vaccination of its workforce, effective April 13, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will launch the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccination plan as a continuation of the resort’s ongoing health and safety measures. To incentivize employees to receive the vaccine as soon as possible, the resort will commit to pay upwards of $1M in total cash bonuses should 80% of the workforce receive their first dose by May 1. Employees who have yet to receive the vaccine are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the resort’s free onsite vaccination clinic. Employees who choose not to get the vaccine will be required to test weekly.”