The Low-Down on Layoffs — Thinking About a Reduction in Force?
Back in May of 2007, Dell announced plans to lay off 8,800 employees. By October 2008, the company was embroiled in a class action discrimination lawsuit involving former employees seeking more than $500 million in damages. While reductions in force may allow your organization to remain viable in difficult financial times, the failure to plan sufficiently and to organize a layoff can spell legal trouble. Aside from claims alleging discrimination, you may also be facing claims for breach of contract, violation of wage statutes and even federal layoff rules (the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, or WARN Act). View full article (PDF).
This article appeared in Seattle Business magazine.