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Layoffs, RIFs, Furloughs, and Other Cost-Cutting Measures: Legal Action Plans to Minimize Compliance Risks During the COVID-19 Crisis - On-Demand

Layoffs, RIFs, Furloughs, & Other Cost-Cutting Measures - On-Demand

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Layoffs, RIFs, Furloughs, and Other Cost-Cutting Measures: Legal Action Plans to Minimize Compliance Risks During the COVID-19 Crisis - On-Demand

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WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to minimize compliance risks concerning layoffs, reductions in force, or furloughs as well as alternatives to employment loss, such as salary, bonus, and employer match 401k freezes, and more.


As a result of the nearly nationwide restrictions in place to stop COVID-19’s spread, many organizations are faced with having to make the difficult but necessary decision to cut staff or to close down altogether for the time being.

And, those that are still operating at full or close-to-full capacity need to think ahead to what types of cost-cutting strategies they may need to implement to keep the business going during this difficult time.

This is an unprecedented time in U.S. history, and one that neither the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act—and potentially state “mini-WARN” acts—did not address as enacted. Currently there are 13 states plus the District of Columbia with mini WARN Acts in effect—California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin. And, even if other states may not have mini WARN Acts on the books, in places like Georgia, Maryland, and North Dakota employers are required to provide notice to state agencies. Additionally, city ordinances may also place requirements on employers operating within a given locale.

As a result, employers have so many unanswered questions right now about whether and how much advance notice of job loss, job furlough, or a complete business shutdown requires. And, they’re wondering if there’s anything they can do short of cutting staff to save jobs—and importantly, the legal ways to go about how to evaluate potential cost-saving measures that stop short of RIFs, layoffs, or furloughs.

Use this on-demand webinar with labor and employment attorney Jeffrey Slanker who will provide up-to-date recommendations on how to manage your compliance obligations depending on whether you must conduct a layoff, RIF, furlough, or otherwise consider cost-cutting measures concerning your workforce to deal with the impact the ongoing worldwide pandemic is having on your business.

You’ll learn how to: 

  • Identify compliance requirements under the WARN Act
  • Anticipate the compliance pitfalls that “mini WARN Acts” and other state and local-based requirements that may present
  • Recognize when the WARN Act’s “unforeseeable business circumstances” exception applies
  • Identify the general impact furloughed status could have on an employee’s ability to collect unemployment compensation 
  • Take a legal approach to any cost-cutting alternatives you might be considering over layoffs, such as reduced hours, reduced pay, sabbaticals, or salary, bonus, or 401k employer match freezes
  • And more! 

About Your Presenter

Jeff SlankerJeff Slanker, Esq.
Sniffen & Spellman, P.A.

Jeffrey Slanker is an attorney at Sniffen and Spellman, PA and has extensive experience in all aspects of Labor and Employment and Wage and Hour Law representing employers and management. His labor and employment defense experience encompasses the defense of labor and employment matters, including employment discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower defense, wage and hour, Family Medical Leave Act, Employee Benefits, and disability discrimination matters, in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate level, as well before administrative forums including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, and the National Labor Relations Board. His labor law experience includes representation of employers in arbitrations of labor grievances and defending unfair labor practice charges. He also practices in the areas of Appellate law, State and Local Government Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights Defense, and Education Law. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Florida as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

In addition to litigating active matters in courts and before administrative or arbitration tribunals, Slanker regularly advises employers on compliance with labor and employment laws. He has extensive experience analyzing, revising, and drafting separation agreements, employment contracts, and employee handbooks. He also provides timely and responsive advice and guidance to employers on whether decisions, actions, or courses of action comply with federal and state labor and employment laws.

Slanker has been rated as a rising star by Florida Super Lawyers in labor and employment law.

Michael SpellmanMichael P. Spellman

Michael P. Spellman is a civil litigator who focuses on representing employers in discrimination and retaliation actions and representing state and local governmental entities, officials and employees in civil rights matters, including cases alleging constitutional violations and police misconduct. He also practices in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, professional liability, voting rights and election law, as well as in collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and arbitrations. Mr. Spellman has also served as local counsel in a variety of civil cases in Federal Court.

Mr. Spellman has been active in several sections and committees of the Florida Bar including the Labor and Employment Law Section, the City, County and Local Government Law Section, the Civil Procedure Rules Committee and the Federal Court Practice Committee, which he chaired between 2011 and 2012. Mr. Spellman served a three year term as the Chair of the Second Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. He is a member of and chairs the Employment Law Section of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Self Insureds and the Florida State University Center for Human Resources Management. Mr. Spellman has also been active with the Northwest Florida League of Cities, the Suwannee River League of Cities, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, and the Florida Association of Police Advisors. Mr. Spellman is the former president of the William H. Stafford American Inn of Court.

Mr. Spellman has earned an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been named to Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” (top 2% of Lawyers Practicing in Florida), Super Lawyers Magazine and Best Lawyers in America in the area of Labor and Employment law for several years. Mr. Spellman received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctorate with honors from Florida State University College of Law. Mr. Spellman is a member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame and the Order of Barristers.