Bad Economy Exempts Employers From WARN Rules: 8th Circ.

Law360, New York (July 2, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT) -- The Eighth Circuit affirmed Monday that an unanticipated economic downturn exempts employers from Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice requirements, upholding a lower court's decision to toss a lawsuit by steelworkers fired by U.S. Steel Corp. with little warning in 2008.

A three-judge panel concluded that U.S. Steel complied with the federal WARN Act when it fired 313 Minnesota employees in November 2008, under the law's exception to the required 60-day notice for layoffs for “unforeseen business circumstances.” The panel emphasized that even though signs...
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