“If you’ve never heard of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, I can’t say I blame you. If you want to look it up, you can find it here. All you really need to know is that employers are required to give sixty days notice in the event of a mass layoff (29 U.S.C.A. § 2102(a)… sorry for the detail, I studied the WARN Act in law school). So two days ago the Dept of Labor told federal contractors to ignore the sixty day requirement.
This may not sound like a huge deal but it matters a helluva lot because it seems that a huge cut in defense spending is in the works which would go into effect on January 2nd. Do the math here. If sixty days notice is required and these folks are to be laid off on January 2nd, then these people will have to receive notice before November 2nd….. right before the election. Clearly defense contractors would jump to blame Democrats and Obama and apparently being held accountable is wrong. The reasoning of the DoL is that the WARN Act was not meant to give notice of a “speculative chance” of being laid off because “it is still possible that Congress will prevent sequestration”.