- Posted September 28, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Skirting the Line Or Crossing for Political Gain?
Some time back I reported Labor Department to Defense Contractors: Shh! You Aren't Suppose to Tell.
Now those contractors have been notified yet again today to forget about the WARN Act and it's requirements to notify workers of impending layoffs.
According to a report on CNN Money, the White House told defense contractors today not to send notice to workers of layoffs that are in the pipe because Congress has not dealt with the fiscal cliff. That fiscal cliff is a combination of the automatic cuts required by sequestration and the expiring tax cuts and payroll tax cuts at the end of the year. Couple that with the fact that Congress and the White House will be at loggerheads again as the nation's debt ceiling must be raised once more.
The WARN Act requires defense contractors to notify employees 60 days in advance of upcoming layoffs. With the lack of action by Congress and the uncertainty that the lame duck session after the election will produce much of anything, contractors are preparing notices as required by the law. Layoffs are set to begin as of January 1, 2013 unless there is congressional action.
The White House, however, is telling these contractors to ignore the law and that the government will defend the contractors and pick up legal costs for any suits that may be filed against the contractors for disobeying the law. Of course the Administration has a record of ignoring laws that it doesn't agree or are not in the best interest of President Barack Obama and his re-election campaign.
If you recall, I reported how the Administration apparently interfered in the 2010 mid-term elections by asking failed green energy company Solyndra to hold off on layoffs until after the election. That report can be read here: Did The Obama Administration Try and Influence the Mid-Term 2010 Election?
Is the Adminisration skirting the edge of the line in asking contractors not to submit the required notifications since no one knows if the layoffs will happen for sure on January 1?
Is the White House attempting to influence the fall election?
Thousands of notices are set to be sent out just before the election in compliance with the law.
Is the White House ignoring the law its latest example of questionable actions by this Administration?
Has the White House crossed the line in telling contractors the government will pay the legal costs to defend the contractors for breaking the law?
From the Cornfield, the disregard and contempt this Administration continues to show is adequate reason to replace it with an Administration which will stand by the oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States.