Whether it’s a change in a client’s existing business structure, the acquisition of another entity, or a downturn in an economic sector, the attorneys in the Ogletree Deakins’ RIF/WARN Practice Group have extensive experience working with businesses in almost every industry. Our attorneys are knowledgeable in designing RIF policies and RIF selection documents to help employers of all sizes defend against discrimination claims, including training your decision-makers on the right way to choose employees for the RIF. We have advised numerous clients on the complex and sometimes ambiguous requirements of the WARN Act and the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA). In addition, our attorneys are well-versed in the intricacies of ERISA and the federal tax code and how they affect RIFs, mass layoffs, or plant closings, and how employers can design voluntary and involuntary severance plans to meet these requirements. We can also help ensure that severance packages and agreements address each employer’s particular needs and comply with the latest federal and state court decisions covering multiple-employee terminations.

In particular, our services include:

General RIF and WARN Advice

Employee Benefits


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