Kaiser Permanente Northern California has laid off 70 nonclinical staff across the region in response to declining enrollment, officials confirmed.
The job cuts happened Tuesday across departments and locations, said Gay Westfall, senior vice president of human resources for Kaiser Northern California. None of the cuts were union positions or in direct patient care.
The laid-off workers received 60 days notice that their jobs would be ending, plus four to 39 weeks severance and medical and dental coverage for between three and 12 months, depending on length of employment and seniority.
In other cost-cutting measures, the Oakland, Calif.-based managed-care giant is deferring merit raises for nonunion employees; adjusting timelines on construction projects; reducing staff through attrition; working to improve attendance and productivity; and canceling 3,000 open positions since last October.
Kaiser Northern California employs about 70,000 people.
As rising unemployment levels continue to impact our membership numbers, we must ensure that we are appropriately staffed to serve the needs of our current members and customers while facing the possibility of further membership declines, Westfall said in a statement.