IN THE NEWS: Il Canale’s Employees Continue To Receive Pay Throughout The COVID-19 Crisis
Update: As of 4/29/2020, Il Canale has reopened for curbside takeout/Delivery
In the news: Modeling admirable business behavior, Il Canale will be continuing to pay its employees despite the restaurant being shut down throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Many companies are laying off employees during the coronavirus pandemic. Joe Farruggio closed down Il Canale but is keeping his staff on the payroll in an effort to support service industry workers who are otherwise out of work and without income.
Mark Cuban has said how companies treat workers during a pandemic could define their brand ‘for decades’, and Joe Farruggio, the owner of Il Canale is already making a difference with his restaurant.
“If small businesses can do it, big companies can do it too. Humanity at the time of coronavirus, matters.”—Joe Farruggio—
While the federal government is offering many loans to small businesses for them to keep employees on
“The coronavirus outbreak has triggered unprecedented mass layoffs. Our operations have been paused but I wanted to do something different at Il Canale and help my staff navigate through this unprecedented time. Il Canale’s employees will continue to receive pay throughout the crisis. I am keeping all my employees even though we had to close down the restaurant out of the safety concerns and we did not get the loan yet” Farruggio stated.
He added: “If small businesses can do it, big companies can do it too. Humanity at the time of coronavirus, matters.”