In its latest guidance, the White House has set the parameters under which it will let contractors bill the government for the cost of layoffs and contract changes caused by sequestration, if it occurs.
The Sept. 28 memo also reiterates the Labor Department’s position that potential for sequestration does not trigger the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, known as the WARN Act, that requires companies to give 60 days of notice before a layoff.
The White House said that contractors can bill the government for costs under two circumstances.
1. If sequestration occurs, and it causes a company to lay off workers or close a plant.
2. The contractor has followed Labor Department guidance on sequestration, and has competition costs for WARN Act liability as “determined by a court as well as attorney fees and other litigation costs.”
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