FCA Deferring Payment for Salaried Employees

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
fca deferring payment for salaried employees

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is deferring 20 percent of salaried workers’ pay until June while CEO Mike Manley endures a 50-percent cut to his annual earnings. With the pandemic still attempting to grip more of North America, this was to be expected. Other domestic nameplates have already issued notices of deferred payments to executives staffers, noting that additional measures would likely need to be taken if COVID-19 fails to recede in the coming months. Seeing the writing on the wall, FCA seems to have jumped straight into phase two.

According to Automotive News, FCA Group Chairman John Elkann and other members of the board of directors will receive no compensation for the rest of the year. A company spokesperson clarified that this is not a deferment but a forfeiture of payment, adding that other salaried employees would only be losing a portion of their salary to be reimbursed after the outbreak subsides.

Ford is engaging in a similar plan that seeks to defer 25-50 percent of salaried pay for about 300 employees. General Motors followed closely behind, announcing a similar 20-30 percent deferral last week. The General is also operating under the assumption that factory shutdowns will last longer than than Ford or FCA seem to believe by suggesting deferments would last six months. While the plans all deal with who has to wait on their back pay a little differently, they each start by making the biggest cuts at the top. Though FCA is arguably asking the most from its management board by nixing its compensation for the remainder of 2020.

From Automotive News:

Manley said the company will ask most salaried employees globally who are “not impacted by local downtime plans” to take a 20 percent salary deferment. Manley said the process will vary by country and that “agreements may be required.” The FCA spokesman said the salaried cuts will last three months. It wasn’t immediately clear when the deferred earnings would be paid out.

The deferrals are aimed at avoiding layoffs of permanent employees, Manley said in [a letter to FCA staff].

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  • FormerFF FormerFF on Mar 31, 2020

    The place where I work is doing some layoffs. I'd rather we all take a pay cut and keep everyone, but no one's asking my opinion.

    • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Mar 31, 2020

      Welcome to the club! Yearly layoffs are the favorite pastime in America. In every company I worked every year there were layoffs and then hiring frenzy. Only the best could survive.

  • Pesteele Pesteele on Mar 31, 2020

    I'm sure his IQ is 224x that of a line worker, he works 224x as many hours and probably takes 224x fewer potty breaks. The Board was lucky to find someone like him.

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Apr 02, 2020

      When Sergio died, FCA found Manley down the hallway in company headquarters. Chances are, he's being paid what Sergio was paid, minus the bonus money Sergio got for keeping Fiat alive by buying Chrysler for a song.

  • CEastwood Seven mil nitrile gloves from Harbor Freight for oil changes and such and the thicker heavy duty gripper gloves from Wally World for most everything else . Hell we used to use no gloves for any of that and when we did it was usually the white cloth gloves bought by the dozen or the gray striped cuff ones for heavy duty use . Old man rant over , but I laugh when I see these types of gloves in a bargain bin at Home Cheapo for 15 bucks a pair !
  • Not Previous Used Car of the Day entries that spent decades in the weeds would still be a better purchase than this car. The sucker who takes on this depreciated machine will learn the hard way that a cheap German car is actually a very expensive way to drive around.
  • Bullnuke Well, production cuts may be due to transport-to-market issues. The MV Fremantle Highway is in a Rotterdam shipyard undergoing repairs from the last shipment of VW products (along with BMW and others) and to adequately fireproof it. The word in the shipping community is that insurance necessary for ships moving EVs is under serious review.
  • Frank Wait until the gov't subsidies end, you aint seen nothing yet. Ive been "on the floor" when they pulled them for fuel efficient vehicles back during/after the recession and the sales of those cars stopped dead in their tracks
  • Vulpine The issue is really stupidly simple; both names can be taken the wrong way by those who enjoy abusing language. Implying a certain piece of anatomy is a sign of juvenile idiocy which is what triggered the original name-change. The problem was not caused by the company but rather by those who continuously ridiculed the original name for the purpose of VERY low-brow humor.