McDonald’s will reportedly close its US offices temporarily and prepare layoff notices

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Burger chain McDonald’s is temporarily closing its U.S. offices this week as it prepares to inform corporate employees of layoffs as part of a broader restructuring of the company, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

In an internal email last week to U.S. employees and some international employees, McDonald’s asked them to work from home Monday through Wednesday so they can deliver staffing decisions virtually, the report said. It is unclear how many employees will be laid off.

“During the week of April 3, we will communicate important decisions related to roles and staffing levels across the organization,” the Chicago-based company said in the memo seen by the Journal.

McDonald’s also asked employees to cancel all in-person meetings with suppliers and other external parties at headquarters, the report added.

McDonald’s did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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

McDonald’s is expected to begin announcing key decisions by Monday.

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