Monday, October 01, 2012

More Obama misuse of the Executive Branch

In another attempt to use the Executive Department to ensure Obama's reelection, the OMB has just issued regulations to defense contractors to encourage them not to send out the required notices to employees that there may have to be layoffs due to sequestration.
The Obama administration issued new guidance intended for defense contractors Friday afternoon, reiterating the administration’s position that the companies should not be issuing layoff notices over sequestration.

The Labor Department issued guidance in July saying it would be “inappropriate” for contractors to issue notices of potential layoffs tied to sequestration cuts. But a few contractors, most notably Lockheed Martin, said they still were considering whether to issue the notices — which would be sent out just days before the November election.

But the Friday guidance from the Office of Management and Budget raised the stakes in the dispute, telling contractors that they would be compensated for legal costs if layoffs occur due to contract cancellations under sequestration — but only if the contractors follow the Labor guidance.

The guidance said that if plant closings or mass layoffs occur under sequestration, then “employee compensation costs for [Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification] WARN act liability as determined by a court” would be paid for covered by the contracting federal agency.
Anything to forestall bad news getting out to voters before the election. Here we have a federal law to tell employees if there is a danger of their losing jobs in the near future. And since employers have to be worried about being sued under the WARN act if they don't inform employees, now we have Obama unilaterally deciding to allocate federal tax dollars to compensate employers if they get sued for keeping their employees in the dark.

And the administration pretends to be the party of labor. Here is a federal law to protect workers and the administration is willing to evade the clear requirements of the law in order to help Obama's reelection efforts. And they're arbitrarily deciding to use federal funds to help out in their efforts.