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Administration Weighs In (Again) on Contractor Contingency Planning

Oct.05.2012

On September 28, the White House released guidance to clarify the allowability of liability and litigation costs associated with WARN Act compliance, supplementing the Department of Labor's July 30 guidance on the same subject. The White House guidance advised that, if (1) sequestration occurs and an agency terminates or modifies a contract that necessitates that the contractor order a plant closing or mass layoff of a type subject to WARN Act requirements, and (2) that contractor has followed a course of action consistent with DOL guidance, then any resulting employee compensation costs for WARN Act liability as determined by a court, as well as attorneys' fees and other litigation costs (irrespective of litigation outcome), would qualify as allowable costs and be covered by the contracting agency, if otherwise reasonable and allocable."


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