Plant Closings

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    The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) requires covered employers to provide advance notice of significant workforce reductions. This requirement is intended to protect employees, their families, and communities by giving employees a transition period in which they can adjust to losing their jobs, obtain other work, or...

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    As a result of the recent recession, many companies have been faced with difficult economic decisions. Options may include closing certain facilities or engaging in a workforce reduction. Employers that have 100 or more employees and plan to close a plant, shut down an operation, or lay off workers should be aware of the Worker Adjustment and...
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    As a result of the recent recession, many companies have been faced with difficult economic decisions. Options may include closing certain facilities or engaging in a workforce reduction. Employers that have 100 or more employees and plan to close a plant, shut down an operation, or lay off workers should be aware of the Worker Adjustment and...
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    The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Wisconsin employers) recently upheld an employee benefit plan's decision to deny severance to two employees who chose to leave their employment at a Wisconsin paper mill months before its shutdown. The employees quit before the date the employer designated for maintaining their...
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    OK, here's my guilty confession: I love Hostess Twinkies, and I always have. I know they aren't good for me, worse even than other sweet cakes. They have a longer shelf-life than Uranium 238, their mass of preservatives making them the perfect fallout shelter food. Their unnaturally springy cake holds a hydrogenated cream that moves directly from...
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    Do employees who benefit from a shutdown agreement have legal recourse if they think the agreement isn't rich enough? Read on to find out. Delivering some bad news Penske Logistics provided transportation services for the Indianapolis Star between 1999 and 2009, during which time Penske employees were represented by Teamsters...
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    The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires advance notice of facility closings and layoffs in certain situations. Employers must consider WARN Act requirements when planning workforce reductions to avoid liability for laying off workers or closing a plant. Who is covered? The WARN Act applies to any...
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    The New Hampshire Department of Labor (NHDOL) decided 28 cases in July 2011. Most of the cases involved whether employers gave employees adequate notice of their employment practices. R.S.A. 275:49 and LAB 803.03 require that employees be given notice of practices pertaining to compensation, sick time, vacation, and other...
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    As Montana employers are aware, Montana courts strictly construe independent contractor arrangements, often finding an employment relationship. In fact, an employment contract will be carefully scrutinized to make sure the employee was given proper notice of its terms. In this case, a failed independent contractor arrangement...
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    We've been "warning" - or, more accurately, reminding - clients about the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) for years, but almost as an afterthought. The general thinking has been that the WARN Act either wouldn't apply in a layoff situation or that its penalty structure is insignificant, thus warranting...
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