Obama, 'No Pink Slips until AFTER Election'

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    The military employs a lot of private-sector contractors, and those contractors employ a lot of people. They’ll have to cut tens of thousands of jobs because of sequestration, effective January 2, 2013.


    There happens to be a law called the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, dating back to 1988, which “offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs.”


    Who’s covered by this law? “In general, employers are covered by WARN if they have 100 or more employees, not counting employees who have worked less than 6 months in the last 12 months and not counting employees who work an average of less than 20 hours a week. Private, for-profit employers and private, nonprofit employers are covered, as are public and quasi-public entities which operate in a commercial context and are separately organized from the regular government. Regular Federal, State, and local government entities which provide public services are not covered.”

    That sounds like an accurate description of a great many defense contractors, if not the vast majority of them.

    Why is this important? Well, you see, 60 days from January 2, 2013 is November 2, 2012. Something very, very, very important to Barack Obama will be happening on November 6, 2012, and it would be horribly inconvenient for him if thousands of people got laid off just a few days earlier. So it would be super helpful to our high-unemployment President if those contractors held off on pumping out pink slips until later in November, when voters will no longer be able to hold Obama or his Party accountable for triggering sequestration with their mad intransigence on fiscal restraint.

    So if these contractors help Obama get re-elected – by holding off on sending out layoff notices until, say, Christmas Eve – they could end up getting sued for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal district court.



    Maybe they should include the minutes of those Super Committee meetings with the layoff notices, so their former employees understand just how high a price they’ve paid, in the name of Democrat hunger for class-warfare tax increases.

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    You have misunderstood the WARN Act. The defense contractor employees would not receive pink slips in November. They would receive notices they will be laid off in January under the fiscal sequestration.

    For more information, see this topic. :razz:
     
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    I think they need to CYA and let them know they will get the pink slips in January. Who knows the new administration might be able to really save jobs.
     
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    By law, contractors must inform soon to be laid off employees 60 days prior to the layoff... Defense spending (because of the super useless budget committee) it set to occur in Jan ... By law, impending layoff notices must go out about 4 days before the election ... No miss interpretation it's the law
     
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    Not my misunderstanding....


    From the article:

    “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,” chirped Assistant Labor Secretary Jane Oates. “The answer to this question is ‘no.’ In fact, to provide such notice would be inconsistent with the purpose of the WARN Act.”
    (Emphasis mine.) She goes on to explain that the “unforeseeable business circumstances exception” would apply, because “although it is currently known that sequestration may occur, it is also known that efforts are being made to avoid sequestration.” In other words, it’s still remotely possible that the mandatory cuts might not occur, so there’s no need to advise the affected employees their jobs could disappear in 60 days.

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