No WARN Act Relief For Grocery Workers: 10th Circ.

Law360, New York (January 22, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Citing an “unforeseeable business circumstance” exception, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has ruled that laid-off workers of collapsed grocery distributor Hale-Halsell Co. are not entitled to damages under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which typically requires employers to provide 60 days’ notice of mass layoffs.

On Tuesday, Judges Paul J. Kelly, Bobby R. Baldock and Michael M. McConnell issued the ruling in the Tenth Circuit, affirming the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma’s summary judgment ruling for...
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