3rd Circ. Says Transferred Workers Not Always Owed Benefits

Law360, New York (February 29, 2012, 5:56 PM EST) -- The Third Circuit ruled Wednesday that workers weren't allowed to collect benefits from successor employers if they wouldn’t have been eligible for them under the predecessor employer, reversing a lower court’s ruling that awarded former Siemens Corp. employees extended benefits.

In a 78-page precedential opinion addressing four consolidated appeals of a Pennsylvania magistrate judge’s 2007 order, the three-judge panel said Siemens did not owe the former employees permanent job separation benefits. The employees had come to work for Siemens when Westinghouse Electric Corp. sold its power generation business unit, where they...
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