Las Vegas gaming and hospitality giant MGM Resorts International will hold this week nine public meetings in Massachusetts where it is looking for staff for its $960-million MGM Springfield casino resort. The property is set to open doors on August 24 and its owner is looking to fill crucial job positions ahead of its grand opening.
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All but one of this week’s meetings will be held in Springfield. MGM officials will meet with potential employees, answer any questions they might have, and advice people on choosing the right job position of all available ones.
MGM was one of two operators to be issued a license for the operation of a full-scale commercial casino in Massachusetts, with Wynn Resorts being the other. The Las Vegas giant selected Springfield as the home of its new property and introduced a $800-million downtown development scheme. Eventually, MGM increased its investment into the project to $960 million.
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Under the terms of its license, the gambling operator will have to make sure that more than two-thirds of its employees are from Springfield and the region. MGM has previously said that once fully operational, its resort would employ around 3,500 people.
Apart from this week’s nine public meetings, the casino operator is also set to hold Tuesday a live Facebook Q&A with potential employees. The Q&A session will start at 1:30 pm local time and will mostly focus on job positions in MGM Springfield’s slot machine operations.
Relaxed Regulations Open Job Opportunities to People with Criminal Records
Under previous regulations, strict background checks and registration requirements shut out unemployed individuals with criminal records. Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Legislature changed existing laws to allow for certain exemptions that would make it possible for such people to be able to apply for a position at the state’s new casino resorts.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission then exempted 127 available positions at MGM Springfield which accounted for around 800 jobs. These are mostly in maintenance, food service, reception, and office staff. People with criminal records would not be employed at the resort’s gaming floor and would not have access to confidential information.
MGM has said that they really want to open up the pipeline and provide people with job opportunities. The company will itself conduct background checks on all job applicants, it has been understood.
It is also planning to hold a number of mass hiring events in the next few months to make job offers to a number of applicants. MGM hired 200 people at such an event earlier this month. The company is optimistic that it would manage to hire people for vital positions before the casino resort’s opening at the end of August.
MGM Springfield was originally scheduled for a September launch, but owners announced that it would eventually be ready to swing its doors open for guests and visitors ahead of schedule.