"In a memorandum dated September 28, the White House Office of Management and Budget counseled defense employers not to issue layoff notices on November 1. OMB assured employers that if they did not send out layoff notices and layoffs occurred, the "contracting agency," namely the Pentagon, would absorb the penalties and attorneys' fees the employers would have to pay, a significant cost to taxpayers. If firms don't file WARN notices and plant closings or layoffs of more than 500 workers occur, employers are liable for penalties of 60 days back pay and benefits paid to workers.
No problem, says OMB in the memo, the contracting agency will pay the costs. It specified that if sequestration occurs and the contractor has followed Labor Department guidelines, "any resulting employee compensation costs for WARN Act liability as determined by a court, as well as attorneys' fees and other litigation costs (irrespective of litigation outcome), would qualify as allowable costs and be covered by the contracting agency, if reasonable and allowable."
It's not clear that the White House has the authority to offer to pay the costs.
Nevertheless, defense companies, such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing, which were planning to send out notices to tens of thousands of workers, have announced that they will refrain.
This is clear manipulation by president Obama. That said, it would not affect the unemployment rate now. Nor is it a conspiracy.
However, it was a cowardly act, one that certainly cannot inspire confidence in the president at all
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