January 5, 2009

There could be more layoffs than WARN notices show.

Filed under: FYI,US — 7macaw @ 10:22 pm
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According to Wilmington News Journal, several loopholes exist in the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act that companies have used to get around notifying workers and their communities about large layoffs. For example, if a company could have a 100 people at several locations spread out across the country, and if they lay off 20 people at each location, that gets past the WARN act.

Other loopholes exist: companies totaling under 100 employees are exempted from the law. If a layoff is done gradually — where under 50 employees are laid off per month — it does not have to be reported. If displaced workers are planning to be hired again within six months, no reporting is necessary. Part-time workers employed under 20 hours per week do not have to be included in a count.

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  1. This happened at the company where I worked. There were about 150 employees worldwide and in December, 13 were let go. I was called into the HR office and told that effective immediately, I was no longer an employee. Merry Christmas!

    Comment by Chris — January 6, 2009 @ 6:54 am | Reply

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