The Obama administration is asking defense contractors not to issue potential layoff notices as required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and offers them a bribe to lay low until after the election.
The WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act requires businesses who employ over 100 workers to either give their employees 60 days’ notice in writing of a mass layoff or plant closing, or to pay the employees if they fail to give the notice. It requires advance notice of loss of employment so workers have time to look for another job or receive training in another occupation.
Via The Hill:
The Obama administration issued new guidance intended for defense contractors Friday afternoon, reiterating the administration’s position that the companies should not be issuing layoff notices over sequestration.
The Labor Department issued guidance in July saying it would be “inappropriate” for contractors to issue notices of potential layoffs tied to sequestration cuts. But a few contractors, most notably Lockheed Martin, said they still were considering whether to issue the notices — which would be sent out just days before the November election.
But the Friday guidance from the Office of Management and Budget raised the stakes in the dispute, telling contractors that they would be compensated for legal costs if layoffs occur due to contract cancellations under sequestration — but only if the contractors follow the Labor guidance.
The guidance said that if plant closings or mass layoffs occur under sequestration, then “employee compensation costs for [Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification] WARN act liability as determined by a court” would be paid for covered by the contracting federal agency.
That’s a nice little business that you didn’t build there fella, be a shame if you didn’t give Obama election day cover – then you wouldn’t have access to that sweet, sweet taxpayer money.
Corrupt doesn’t begin to describe it.