Pharmaceutical giant Merck announced it will be laying off about 500 employees at its Upper Gwynedd and Lansdale offices in Montgomery County.
In a letter Wednesday from the Vice President of State Government Affairs and Policy, it says the first wave of layoffs will begin on January 3 and the remainder will get pink slips between the 3rd and 16th. It says it will affect field-based and office-based sales personnel in the company's Human Health Division.
The affected field-based personnel work out of their homes in various states, including Pennsylvania.
The layoffs are expected to be permanent.