According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, during the month of March, 2009, employers took 2,933 mass layoff actions, resulting in the separation of 299,388 workers in that month alone. Unfortunately, until the current economy turns around, statistics like this are likely to continue.
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) provides a level of protection by requiring certain employers to issue at least 60 days’ notification in advance of a plant closing or other mass layoff. This advance notification can greatly help employees to do the planning needed to lessen the effects of a layoff. Employees can use this time to take actions like the following:
Obtain training to increase their competitiveness in the job market
Delay planned expenditures, such as home improvement projects or new car purchases, to retain emergency savings
Hard hit by the economic crisis, some employers react by issuing mass layoffs without considering the requirements set forth by WARN, and they may fail to follow their own policies for severance pay and continuation of benefits as required by the law. If you unexpectedly face a mass layoff, you need experienced legal help to protect your rights under WARN and other legal requirements.
The attorneys at Lear Werts know the details of WARN and the other local and federal laws that protect your rights in a mass layoff. The laws can vary as a result of different employer status. We can do the research to determine what your employer is required to do for you, and we will make sure your rights are protected and that you get all the compensation and benefits you deserve.
If you have lost your job as a result of a mass layoff, contact the Missouri employee rights lawyers at 573-875-1991 (or toll free 877-875-1991), or contact us online to arrange for a complementary consultation about your situation.