|By Stephanie Hoops, Ventura County Star, Calif.|
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Those employees will lose their jobs, but will continue to collect paychecks through
"The majority of the positions were eliminated due to recently outsourced work," said spokeswoman
Davis said the positions are primarily in the information systems department "with a small number in the commercial organization."
State law requires that employers give displaced employees and other state and local representatives 60 days notice in advance of mass layoffs to help protect employees, their families and communities. But the state didn't receive notice until Wednesday, the same day the company put the employees on 60 days paid leave of absence.
The city of
"For the past six months of the year they've been laying off people here and there," he said. "That's all we know about what they're doing."
The biotech giant has about 6,000 employees in
The job cuts come amid recent comments by
Asked about the break up talks, Davis replied: "Amgen regularly adjusts staffing levels to meet the needs of the business."
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