Articles Discussing WARN, The Worker Adjustment And Retraining Notification Act.
Microsoft Plans to Warn All Employees of Termination with 60 Days Notice
Microsoft announced it would lay off 10,000 workers this month, on trend with other companies in the industry including Amazon and Meta. One of the largest tech companies in the world, Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Natella, referenced economic turbulence and suggested the company was strategizing for the next wave of
The Year Ahead in RIF/WARN Issues in the Current Economy
In what is likely the busiest time for workforce reductions since the pandemic began, employers should engage in longer-term, strategic thinking about how to adjust staffing levels. Jackson Lewis principals Michael Jakowsky and Isaac J. Burker offer best practices for WARN and disparate impact analyses.
Federal Judge Grants Protective Order to Laid-Off Twitter Employees
Following Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, about half of the workforce at the social media company was terminated through sweeping company-wide layoffs. However, these abrupt layoffs are now being challenged in court by former employees at Twitter who alleged that they did not receive proper notice of their termination. In
Big Tech Layoffs: What To Do Now
The Big Tech industry is known for its fast pace, bold moves, and proclivity for taking on risk. Sometimes optimistic investments pay off for investors, and other times, companies are left to make up for them with layoffs and cost-cutting.
While technology companies in particular thrived during the pandemic’s era
Elon Musk Faces Class Action Lawsuit Following Plans to Terminate Half of Twitter’s Work Force
Days after Elon Musk entered Twitter’s office as its new leader, the company was hit with a class action lawsuit regarding the ‘Chief Twit’s’ plans to eliminate half of the social media’s workforce, or 3,700 employees. The preemptive lawsuit alleges that Elon plans to violate the Worker And Retraining
Big Win for Employees: 5th Circuit Rules that COVID-19 Is Not a Natural Disaster Under WARN Act
It’s hard for anyone to forget the chaos of March 2020. The initial onset of the COVID-19 pandemic led to all kinds of panic, including mass layoffs from thousands of companies and near-record unemployment. According to federal law, certain employers are required to provide 60 days advance notice to
COVID-19–Driven Layoffs Are Not a ‘Natural Disaster’ Under WARN Act, Fifth Circuit Rules
In the first ruling from a federal appellate court examining COVID-19–related layoffs and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held in Easom v. US Well Services, Inc., No. 21-20202 (June 15, 2022), that a mass layoff resulting in part from the economic
Tesla Sued for Laying Off ‘Thousands’ Without Proper Notice
Last week, two former Tesla employees filed a class-action lawsuit against Tesla, accusing the electric automaker of laying off “thousands” of workers without issuing the federally required notice.
“Zero Days Advance Notice” For Layoffs
Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act), employers are required to provide
COVID-19 Pandemic is Not a ‘Natural Disaster’ Under WARN Act, Federal Appeals Court Holds
Is the COVID-19 pandemic a “natural disaster” for purposes of the notice exception of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act?
The Hazards of Remote Employee Layoffs: Wage and Hour Issues, Severance Agreements, and Unemployment Claims
Remote work has exploded since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with some employers hiring employees to work remotely anywhere in the United States. With the recent economic downturn, layoffs are beginning to occur, and for the first time a significant number of remote employees may be included in layoffs. Layoffs of
Fifth Circuit Rules that COVID-19 Pandemic Did Not Trigger the “Natural Disaster” Exception to WARN Notice Requirements
In the first such decision from a federal appellate court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled the COVID-19 pandemic is not a “natural disaster” that exempts employers from providing advance notice of mass layoffs and plant closures under the WARN Act. The court also
Used Car Retailer Carvana Fuels Panic with 2,500 Layoffs
Last month, online used-car retailer Carvana cut 12% of its workforce in a mass layoff of 2,500 employees. Many of the impacted workers were let go via Zoom, recalling an incident from last December during which Better.com fired over 900 employees in similar fashion.
Aftermath of the Mass Layoff
Remote Workers Earn Ensured Protection with WARN Act
Since March 2020, companies have faced unique challenges in deciding how to manage cohorts of employees under shifting global forces. Some major companies, struggling to keep up with supply-chain issues and economic downturns, chose to lay off mass numbers of their workers. Other businesses adapted to the new pandemic-posed hurdles
Can Discharging Remote Workers Trigger the WARN Act at a ‘Single Site of Employment’?
To say that COVID-19 has presented numerous challenges to employers would certainly be an understatement. One of the changes and challenges that has entered the workforce is the proliferation of work-from-home arrangements. With remote workers, employers have had to alter the ways they recruit, pay, manage, and even discharge employees.