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Will Twitter layoffs violate US law? Experts weigh in
Was there enough advanced notice of Twitter terminations?: Carl Szabo
Netchoice Vice President and General Counsel Carl Szabo discusses Twitter employees filing a lawsuit against Elon Musk for short notice termination on ‘Cavuto: Coast to Coast.’
Twitter Inc has begun laying off employees under its new owner, Elon Musk. The San Francisco-based social media giant is expected to terminate up to 3,700 people – half of its workforce – on Friday, according to internal plans reviewed by Reuters this week. Twitter is already facing a proposed class action claiming the layoffs are imminent and will violate U.S. and California laws if employees are not given advance notice or severance pay.
WHAT DOES U.S. LAW REQUIRE?
The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires businesses with 100 or more employees to provide 60 days' notice before engaging in mass layoffs. The law defines mass layoffs as those affecting at least 500 employees during a 30-day period, or at least 50 employees if layoffs impact at least one-third of a company's workforce. Employers can provide workers with 60 days of severance pay in lieu of giving notice.