Since the start of the year, a whole bunch of tech firms have been going through a series of layoffs. The New York Times recently did an article about how such layoffs were “shocking” to a whole generation of workers typically Millennials and Generation Z who had never experienced such change before. (Generation X and
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Reductions in Force: The Two OWBPA Provisions You Need To Remember
Lately, I’ve been talking with more employers about permanent reductions in force.
It’s not fun.
And it’s not something I thought we’d be talking about 3 months ago, and yet it’s not foreign to me either.
In fact, I spent several of my earliest posts here on this exact topic.
As I talk with employers…
RIFs, WARN, OWBPA, Disparate Impact – An Alphabet Soup for a Future Downturn
In my prior post, I wondered aloud whether there were some rough waters ahead for employers. Apple recently announced that it would not meet it’s earnings estimates in the first quarter of 2019, in part because of soft demand from China. Other companies are expected to announce some similar issues.
Honestly, I’ve had enough conversations…
An Early Prediction for 2019? Perhaps Dusting Off Your Reduction in Force Guidance
You do a blog long enough and everything comes full circle. Back in January 2008, I took out my crystal ball and suggested that reductions in force (RIFs) and lawsuits would soon follow.
We all know what happened next. The economy crashed and discrimination claims at the EEOC peaked at their highest levels in more…
Shared Work Program Gets a Refresh With New Regulations from Connecticut Department of Labor
One of the better programs run by the Connecticut Department of Labor that gets almost zero publicity is the “Shared Work” program. For employers, it’s a useful tool when you’re dealing with a temporary slowdown in work.
I talked about it five (!) years ago in the midst of the recession so I’m not going…
Birthday Parties Not Enough to Support Inference of Discrimination; Shifting Reasons for Termination Get Case to Jury Though
Last month, I highlighted a federal case in Connecticut where the court threw out an age discrimination claim because the evidence presented by the employee was not strong enough to survive a summary judgment claim.
A new federal court case however has allowed an age discrimination claim to proceed even while noting that while the…
DOL Issues Fact Sheet on Furloughs Providing Needed Guidance to Employers Facing Tough Times
Last month, I discussed the topic of furloughs, which have become an attractive option to employers in lieu of layoffs.
Recently, the United States Department of Labor issued a "fact sheet" that provided additional guidance for employers to some frequently asked questions on the topic.
As the Employer Law Report said, "While the fact sheet…
Mandatory Furloughs – The Risks of Using Them in Connecticut
One of the latest fads in employment law has become a peculiar side effect of this recession — the increase in the use of mandatory furloughs.
What are they? Well, in simple terms, they are orders from an employer to an employee that they take a day (or multiple days) off without pay. In…
From the CBIA Conference: Difficult Times Present Challenges But Also Opportunities
At a CBIA seminar yesterday where I spoke, several speakers discussed the challenges that exist for companies in these economic times. One CBIA economist projected that the current recession will not bottom out in Connecticut until late summer or fall 2009.
But the times also present opportunities, as well, the speakers said. Indeed, now may be…
Develop Innovative Alternatives To Layoffs, Suggests Wharton School Article
For anyone who watched 60 Minutes last night, you know that there is a great deal of pessimism out there about how quickly this recession will end.
Employers are struggling to control costs and keep layoffs to a minimum. A new, thoughful article by the Wharton school suggests that employers be innovative in their…