In episode 95, Coffey talks with Shannon Norris about the legal and practical logistics of employee layoffs. They discuss what employers should keep in mind when planning a layoff in the current social media environment; the WARN Act’s requirements; Texas Payday Law considerations; misconceptions around severance agreements; the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act’s (OWBPA) requirements; whether there are any legal differences between furloughs, layoffs, and terminations; the best approach to decide who gets laid off; how to deliver the message; the logistics of laying off remote employees; and concerns about laying off employees on FMLA or any other types of leave.

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Shannon Norris

Shannon Norris

Shannon Norris has been practicing since 1993 in the areas of employment law, business litigation, trade secrets, civil fraud, and employee benefits. During that time, he has represented a broad range of clients from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses and individuals. Mr. Norris has extensive experience with employment litigation, noncompete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, and occupational fraud. He is a regular speaker on topics relating to employment law, civil litigation, and human resources. Mr. Norris is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.


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1 Comment

  1. Laura

    Informative episode, thank you.
    I also agree with the ‘bad optics’ statement Shannon made. My son was released but only found out about it when he showed up for his shift and couldn’t clock in. He never did learn why either.


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