Denver considers scaling back work for employees to free up funds to address immigrant crisis

Denver is considering cutting some of its employees’ hours as Colorado grapples with an influx of immigrants.

City officials announced Monday that some workers, mainly in the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, may have their hours cut to zero to reallocate those funds toward addressing the immigrant crisis. Officials claim Denver is not laying off employees, rather some on-call employees will have all of their hours cut. On-call employees include positions such as lifeguards, coaches, and front desk employees.

“The reduction in hours of operation and programs will affect the number of hours worked by many on-call, some to the point where they may not receive any hours,” Denver Parks and Recreations Director Jolon Clark told Denver 9News. “The final decisions on hours for any individual position have not been made yet.”

The department
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