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Layoffs

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Layoffs and union contracts: When seniority collides with disability, seniority prevails

08/06/2018
When conducting layoffs, some employers give preference to more experienced workers, letting them keep their jobs while less senior workers must go. Disabled employees who get bumped may claim they should have been given preference, keeping their jobs as a reasonable accommodation.

Reorganization can justify termination decision

08/06/2018
Courts are naturally suspicious when employees who have filed lawsuits end up getting fired. But when an employer can explain that someone lost her job because of a valid business reason, courts seldom second-guess that decision.

When planning layoffs, conduct audit to ensure there’s no age discrimination

08/01/2018
Calculate the average age of the workers you plan to retain and compare it to the workers you plan to terminate.

Never mention workers’ ages when discussing reduction in force

08/21/2017
What not to do when closing down offices in which workers are older than the company average: Mention that eventually you may be able to hire younger replacements at lower cost. That’s just asking for a lawsuit.

Was that really a layoff, or just an excuse to get rid of a squeaky wheel?

08/09/2017
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals had reinstated a lawsuit against a grain operator based on the suspicious timing of a discharge and the use of what the court thought sounded like a manufactured excuse for not rehiring the worker.

Budget crisis is valid reason for termination

08/03/2017
Courts don’t want to be in charge of running your business. Generally, if you can put forth a genuine, legal rationale reason for an action—such as terminating an employee for budgetary reasons—courts aren’t going to step in.

Laying people off? Better have answers for them

07/27/2017
HR executive and trainer Paul Falcone has offered solid sample answers to the questions you never thought you’d have to hear.

Beware altering job description during RIF

05/03/2017
If you are engaged in a reduction in force and rewrite a job description so an older employee is eliminated because she lacks a requirement in the new description, she could sue you and easily win in court.

Sudden business reversal means WARN Act notification requirements don’t apply

03/07/2017
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires employers to notify employees 60 days before closing down or conducting a mass layoff of 50 or more workers. However, there are exceptions.

One worksite or more? It matters for WARN

03/07/2017
The more centralized the management and direction and the more equipment and staff are shared between locations, the more likely a court will consider the separate locations to be part of the same operation.
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