Dave Kurtz, a partner in Edwards Wildman
's Labor & Employment practice in Boston, commented on the ramifications of job cuts due to the sequester on CNBC. In the article, "Job Cuts From Sequester Could Be Expensive
," Kurtz said that companies would be wise to take at least one action now, and possibly save money and avoid legal headaches, instead of waiting. According to Kurtz, firms should be issuing WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act) notices to workers, as WARN requires most employers to provide a 60-day notice in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs to nonunion workers. "The White House has issued a wavier on WARN because of sequester, but it's not clear if that's completely legal, so firms would be wise to issue one now. Otherwise they could face legal action from workers and the associated costs," Kurtz added.