Some employees at Sudbury Downs have been told they may not have a job to come back to in the spring now that layoff notices have been issued to 38 employees.

These are the first ripples in a wave of expected layoff notices at the track and come into effect when the racing season ends in November.

The union representative for the affected workers said the future is unknown.

"There is different speculation out in the community in regards to what is going to happen," Sandra Rogerson said.

"So as far as the future, we don't know what is going on. That is in the hands of the government I assume."

The province is ending an agreement that shares revenue from slot machines with race tracks.

And while Sudbury Downs says it usually lets seasonal employees go each fall, this time workers have been told they will not likely be called back in April — unless the situation changes.

More than 100 people work on the horse-racing side at Sudbury Downs.