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January 30, 2013

46,000 Layoffs and No WARN Act Notice?

About those 46,000 civilian employees the Pentagon has already begun to lay off: when did they receive their WARN act notices?

How much will having failed to deliver legally required notice cost the federal government? According to the WARN act:

An employer who violates the WARN provisions is liable to each employee for an amount equal to back pay and benefits for the period of the violation, up to 60 days. The liability may be reduced by the period of any notice that was given and any voluntary payments that the employer made to the employee, sometimes referred to as "pay in lieu of notice."

U.S. district courts enforce WARN requirements. Workers, representatives of employees, and units of local government may bring individual or class action suits. The Court may allow reasonable attorney's fees as part of any final judgment.

Here's another question. How much will opening the combat arms to women cost the military? And why on earth would we even entertain this proposal in the midst of draconian cuts to the DoD budget and a 20% pay cut for civilian employees of DoD?

Don't worry - I'm sure the Washington Post will be all over this hometown story any moment now.

Posted by Cassandra at January 30, 2013 08:08 AM

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Here I am having to explain again. The purpose of the WARN Act is to be sure workers don't get caught short when the powers-that-be heartlessly take action to eliminate their jobs. But this notification would have had to be given just before the election, which obviously couldn't have been in the public interest. For one thing, the layoffs weren't even going to happen as long as the workers were kept in the dark long enough to get them to vote correctly. Now that the right man was elected, the layoffs aren't going to happen, right? He promised the sequester wouldn't happen.

If you understand nuance you'd see why there have to be exceptions to all the laws.

Posted by: Texan99 at January 30, 2013 04:52 PM

*snort* :)

Why do I suspect there will be an article in the WaPo that makes all those arguments sometime this week?

It's all about the Smart Power.

Posted by: Cass at January 30, 2013 04:56 PM