Reuters: U.S. Supreme Court won’t decide if COVID justified abrupt layoffs

  • U.S. law requiring notice of layoffs exempts ‘natural disasters’
  • Drilling company claimed pandemic justified mass layoff
  • Appeals court said exemption was narrower

Nov 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether the COVID-19 pandemic was a “natural disaster” exempting businesses from a federal law requiring that workers be given advanced notice of mass layoffs.

The justices rejected drilling company U.S. Well Services Inc’s petition for review of a U.S. appeals court’s ruling that said the layoff law was meant to apply to unpredictable geological and meteorological events such as earthquakes and floods, and not to pandemics.

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