Defense industry firms are turning up the heat surrounding the sequestration debate, raising threats that federal law will require them to send off hundreds of thousands of lay-off notices just before the upcoming election. A recent article by Bloomberg puts these claims into a clearer context—a context that looks a lot like our own Gordon Adams has described.
To employment-law attorney Margaret Keane, giving mass dismissal warnings in such uncertain conditions looks more like a lobbying tactic by corporations trying to ward off the cuts than an effort to follow the letter of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
A point echoed in the article by Byron Callan noted:
“That’s more a scare tactic than something that aligns with the underlying reality of how sequestration works,” Callan said.
Borrowing from a historically popular saying of the UK, we must be mindful to keep calm and carry on without focusing too much on the smoke being blown around sequestration.