This time it’s ordering defense contractors to violate the WARN Act by not issuing layoff notices to employees that will likely lose their jobs next year. The notices would normally be required to be sent just before the election. To add insult to injury, the administration is promising to pay the legal costs of violating the act – if and only if – the contractors play ball.
But the Friday guidance from the Office of Management and Budget raised the stakes in the dispute, telling contractors that they would be compensated for legal costs if layoffs occur due to contract cancellations under sequestration — but only if the contractors follow the Labor guidance.
The guidance said that if plant closings or mass layoffs occur under sequestration, then “employee compensation costs for [Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification] WARN act liability as determined by a court” would be paid for covered by the contracting federal agency.
Senate Republicans, who accused the White House of trying to hide job losses after the first guidance, said Friday that the new OMB statement “puts politics ahead of American workers.”
Obama has no legal authority to do this. None. Yet another violation of his very oath of office. In case you didn’t know this, the WARN Act was passed by a veto proof democrat majority and became law without Ronald Reagan’s signature. Funny how it gets kicked under the Obama campaign bus when it helps his reelection.