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For First Time Ever, Maui Jim Furloughs Employees

Maui Jim Sunglasses is furloughing employees for the first time in the company's history as COVID-19 takes its toll on its bottom line.

"While we cannot predict the future, we are a brand that stands for optimism, and we believe we will come out of this stronger and even more resilient than ever. We can accomplish this together with our employees, partners, vendors and consumers," said the company in an unsigned statement.

The Peoria-based company is furloughing both U.S. employees and workers at international distribution centers. All furloughed employees will be fully compensated through April 9. Those employees will also continue to receive benefits through July 31. The employee assistance program also remains available to all workers.

An exact number of employees impacted wasn't provided by the company.

Retail outlets were shut down last month. Many employees are working remotely.

Salaried, management, and executive leadership are taking salary reductions.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.