As you may remember, Maryland made substantial changes to its mini-WARN Act, the Economic Stabilization Act, in 2020. The major changes were outlined in our previous alert which can be found here. The most substantial change in the 2020 Act was that it required covered employers to provide 60-days’ written notice prior to implementing a reduction in force or plant closing. Previously, the notice procedures under the Maryland...read more
Earlier this week, I blogged about several employment laws scheduled to take effect October 1. Among them is HB1018/SB0780, which significantly changes the State’s Economic Stabilization Act, Maryland’s version of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. For readers who are unfamiliar with the Economic Stabilization Act (the Act), it applies to businesses employing 50 or more individuals and doing business in...read more
Maryland employers wrestling with the onerous challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, will soon have a new legal obligation to meet when reducing their workforces. Effective October 1, 2020, the Economic Stabilization Act will require employers to provide employees 60 days written notice of a reduction in operations that will result in lay-offs or terminations. The new law requires the Secretary of the Department of Labor,...read more
Eleventh Circuit Rules That Casino Failed to Meet WARN’s Unforeseeable Business Circumstances Exception
Randi Klein Hyatt
In Weekes-Walker v. Macon Cnty. Greyhound Park, Inc. (11th Cir., No. 12-14673, Aug. 5, 2013), the employees of Macon County Greyhound Park Inc. (“MCGP”) filed suit under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act of 1988 (“WARN”), alleging that MCGP violated WARN’s requirement that prior to a plant closing or a mass layoff, an employer must provide employees with 60-days notice. In January 2010, MCGP, an Alabama casino, temporarily laid off...read more
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