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Casino company Hard Rock spends $100 million on employee raises: NPR


A gambler plays a slot machine at Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on August 8, 2022.

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A gambler plays a slot machine at Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on August 8, 2022.

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Half of employees at Hard Rock casinos, hotels and cafes will receive pay raises totaling $100 million, the company said.

The company said it was increasing its entry salary range to between $18 and $21, which is expected to affect 95 job types within the company. Housekeepers, cooks, security guards and call center workers will be the hardest hit, he said in a statement.

“This recent $100 million investment in its team members is part of an ongoing effort to honor and appreciate its workforce, which recently included paying bonuses to frontline employees during the pandemic and other extensive benefits,” said Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming.

Full-time employees are eligible for raises. Additionally, approximately 1,600 jobs are open with the new wages in place.

The evolution of salaries will represent an increase of more than 60% for certain employees. In Florida, where the company is headquartered, the minimum wage is $10. In Georgia, it’s $7.25, according to the federal minimum wage.

Despite a strong job market and near-record unemployment, 37% of Americans say their personal finances have deteriorated over the past year, according to a new NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll. This is a jump of 8 points since February. Twice as many people now say their economic situation has deteriorated as say it has improved.

Most blame the worst inflation the United States has seen in four decades. Overall consumer prices rose 8.3% in August from a year earlier, according to government data released last week. Price increases in some regions have been even more pronounced.

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