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Managing the Modern Workplace
V&E International Labor & Employment Resources

  • 03
  • October
  • 2019

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Don’t Forget WARN Warnings When Reducing Head Count

We have not talked much about the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (“WARN”) in recent years both because unemployment has been low and we have not seen many plant closings or mass layoffs that would trigger WARN. But much like solar eclipses and cicadas, the frequency of WARN events is cyclical, and, during the last couple of months, several of my colleagues and I have found ourselves having more conversations about WARN than we have had in the last few years. So this might be a good time to review the basics of the federal plant closing law that went into effect some 30 years ago.

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  • 29
  • March
  • 2018

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The Perils of Dragging Out a Termination Decision

In the 2009 movie Up in the Air¸ George Clooney played a human resources consultant who specialized in “termination assistance.” While conducting employee layoffs and firings for other companies, Clooney travels the country, accumulating the highest frequent flier status on American Airlines. Clooney’s character has a job because his clients are scared to handle firings themselves. Although most companies handle their own terminations, unlike Hollywood’s portrayal of “high-flying” termination consultants, the employers’ “fear factor” highlighted in the film manifests in real life by sometimes causing companies to delay giving bad news to employees.

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HR Checklist for the New Year

As labor lawyers, we tend to think of our professional years as starting and ending on Labor Day. In order to celebrate the new Labor year, I intended to send this post early last week, but a storm called Harvey got in the way. So in belated celebration of the new Labor year, I now provide to you a checklist for the coming year as our New Year gift.

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