Under the WARN Act — The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act — companies with more than 100 employees must give 60 days’ notice if there is to be a mass layoff during any 30-day period for 500 or more employees (or for 50-499 employees if they make up at least 33% of the employer’s active workforce).
But in guidance issued on Monday, Assistant Labor Secretary Jane Oates said never mind about those pink slips:
“Questions have recently been raised as to whether the WARN Act requires Federal contractors…whose contracts may be terminated or reduced in the event of sequestration on January 2, 2013, to provide WARN Act notices 60 days before that date to their workers employed under government contracts funded from sequestrable accounts. The answer to this question is ‘no.’ In fact, to provide such notice would be inconsistent with the purpose of the WARN Act.”
Frankly, taking legal advice from the most lawless administration I have ever seen is probably not in the best interest of the defense contractors. I’m guessing that the various companies involved have much, much better lawyers than the 0ne has – and a better grasp of the mind-numbing expense of ignoring the law.
Is there a law or a clause in the Constitution that Obama and his minions will not break or bend in the blind ambition to drag the 0ne across the finish line?
I’m thinking not.