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October 01, 2012

Scandalous: White House Tells Contractors to Break Federal Law and Not Inform Workers They Will Be Laid Off; Further Tells Them The Administration Will Pay Their Fines For Breaking the Law

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Due to Obama's failure to lead and craft a solution to the debt crisis, the Department of Defense is slated for massive cuts.

These cuts mean massive layoffs in both the DoD and affected industries.

200,000 or more layoffs.

The law requires that companies which know they're going to lay people off provide advance notice of this.

But Obama doesn't want those notices going out before the election.

So he's warned contractors to not comply with the law.

And if that weren't illegal enough, he's also promising to waive the fines the law says they must pay due to failure to notify.

Incredible.

The White House on Friday told government contractors worried about fiscal cliff spending cuts to hold off on warning employees about possible layoffs.

The government said it would cover legal costs if contractors are forced to slash their payrolls because of the looming $109 billion in automatic cuts next year and are alleged to have violated the WARN Act.

The federal WARN Act requires businesses with more than 100 employees to notify workers at least 60 days in advance of a mass layoff or plant closing. Some states require more notice.

More: Lockheed Martin agrees to break the law.

Lockheed Martin said Monday it will not issue employee layoff notices this year, ending an election-year showdown with the Obama administration.

The company said it based its decision on new guidance issued Friday by the Office of Management and Budget and the Pentagon.

The guidance said the Pentagon did not anticipate killing any contracts on Jan. 2, the day automatic spending cuts are set to begin hitting defense spending. The guidance also said the federal government would cover severance costs that are mandated under a federal layoff notices law.

The decision by Lockheed means tens of thousands won't get layoff notices days before Election Day, which might have cast a crucial blow against President Obama's reelection chances.

I'm quite certain you're not seeing this on your nightly Palace Guard Media "news."

Thanks to JackStraw.

More: Gabe weighs in at the NYDN.


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