As the economy continues to struggle amidst the ravages of 40-year-high inflation, employers are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain their current staffing levels.

While the tech industry has been the epicenter for layoffs thus far, a growing number of industries are being affected as well, including banking, financial, and legal services, and media outlets.

The trend for mass job cuts appears to be accelerating.

This morning, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order that allows a California employer that is conducting layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic to use the newly-created “unforeseen business circumstances” exception to the state’s WARN Act requirements.

More specifically, the order indicates that:

  • Mass layoffs, relocations or closures fall under the newly-created “unforeseen business circumstances” exception to the law, but California employers must still

International Bhd. of Boilermakers, et al. v. NASSCO Holdings Inc., 17 Cal. App. 5th 1105 (2017)

The union and several employees sued the employer NASSCO, alleging it had violated the California WARN Act (Cal. Lab. Code § 1400, et seq.) by not providing at least 60 days’ advance notice to approximately 90 employees who were ordered not to return to work for four or

Collins v. Gee West Seattle LLC, 631 F.3d 1001 (9th Cir. 2011)

On September 26, 2007, Gee West informed its 150 employees that although it was actively pursuing the sale of the business, it would be closing its doors and would terminate all but a few business office employees on October 7, 2007 if a buyer was not found by then. Between the time

Childress v. Darby Lumber, Inc., 357 F.3d 1000 (9th Cir. 2004)

Darby Lumber, Inc. (DLI) operated as a lumber mill and manufactured, marketed, and sold finished lumber. DLI owned 100 percent of the stock of Bob Russell Construction (BRC). During the 12 months prior to BRC’s closure, DLI employed 88 employees, each with more than 1,000 hours of employment with the company, and BRC