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Amazon begins shedding corporate workforces after other tech giants

Amazon has begun mass layoffs from its corporate ranks, becoming the latest tech company to shed its workforce amid mounting concerns about the broader economic environment.

On Tuesday, the company told regional authorities in California that it was laying off about 260 employees at various facilities that employ data scientists, software engineers and other company employees.

The cuts are expected to take effect on January 17.

Amazon would not specify how many more layoffs might be in the works, aside from those confirmed by California’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, also known as WARN, which requires the company to provide 60 days’ notice of staff cuts if they 75 or more have more full-time or part-time employees.

Amazon employs more than 1.5 million workers worldwide, mostly casual workers.

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