February 10, 2009

Lawsuit is filed over Qimonda layoffs

A laid-off Qimonda worker is suing the Munich (Germany) DRAM chip maker for two months’ pay and benefits in a federal class-action case. It is alleged that the worker – Carl Jackson – and others were not given the 60-day written notice of their terminations, or 60 days’ pay, that the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification — WARN — Act requires.

Court papers estimated the damages sought at $20 million but, said New York employment-rights lawyer Raisner, “it could be much less, it could be much more,” depending on the number of employees affected and their actual wages and benefits.

Qimonda announced 1,500 layoffs — including Jackson’s, the court papers said — at its memory-chip plant in Sandston[,VA] this week. Those came on top of 1,200 job cuts last fall.

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

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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