Bloomberg Law
March 18, 2020, 6:45 PM

Time is Short to Excuse Mass Layoffs for Virus Without Notice

John Nancarrow
John Nancarrow

The 60-day window of time that federal law requires of many employers to provide notice of “mass layoffs” is testing new bounds as industries such as restaurants, retailers, and airlines prepare to shed workers as part of shutdowns caused by the novel coronavirus.

Apple Inc. and Nike Inc. are among a growing number of retailers that have closed stores, while some grocery chains have reduced operating hours and restaurants have shuttered or turned to “to-go” models. Airlines also have dramatically reduced traveling capacity, with Delta Air Lines and several European carriers announcing layoffs.

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