Saipan gaming regulator slashes workforce by 60% on IPI casino closure

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Saipans gaming regulator has seen its workforce cut by more than half as a result of the lengthy closure of Imperial Pacific Internationals casino and recent suspension of its gaming license.

According to local media reports, the Commonwealth Casino Commission (CCC) issued 60-day termination notices without cause to 22 employees this week as a result of budget constraints, while a number of other staff have found alternative employment due to uncertainty surrounding their roles moving forward.

In total, the CCCs workforce has been slashed by 60% with only those considered critical to addressing current needs retained.

The terminations comes as the casino at IPIs Imperial PalaceSaipan moves into a 16th month of closure since first suspending operations on 17 March 2020 due to COVID-19.

The company has since had its casino license suspended for failure to comply with multiple requirements under its casino license and been given six months to repay its US$15.5 million casino license fee and US$3.1 million regulatory fee, as well as a US$6.6 million fine, or risk having its license revoked.

IPI is currently seeking a judicial review into the suspension of its license.