Tech giant Amazon began layingoff more employees as part of its second round of job cuts announced by CEO And Jassy last month. Amazon is sacking employees at its cloud computing division, human resources and Halo divisions.
Amazon, which in March announced it was laying off 9,000 workers as part of its second retrenchment drive, started informing some of the affected employees on Wednesday. Heads of Amazon Web Services and the People Experience and Technology team emailed affected staff about the cuts, the company said, news agency Reuters reported.
Last week, Amazon had cut employees from its advertising unit.
In a separate development, Amazon on Wednesday said that it is planning to shut its Halo division that sells health and sleep trackers. The company said it will stop supporting Halo services from July 31, and will fully refund Halo devices purchases made in the preceding 12 months.
"We recently made the very difficult decision to stop supporting Amazon Halo effective July 31, 2023. We are incredibly proud of the invention and hard work that went into building Halo on behalf of our customers, and our priorities are taking care of our customers and supporting our employees. We notified impacted employees in the U.S. and Canada today. In other regions, we are following local processes, which may include time for consultation with employee representative bodies and possibly result in longer timelines to communicate with impacted employees. For employees who are impacted by this decision, we are providing packages that include a separation payment, transitional health insurance benefits, and external job placement support. For customers, we have begun sending the below email, and we want to share it here, too," Amazon said in a blog post.