WARN Act Claims Fail Against Oilfield Drilling Company

31 May 2016 Labor & Employment Law Perspectives Blog
Authors: Rachel Powitzky Steely

Today a Dallas federal court found that the WARN Act did not apply to drilling land rigs aggregated within a particular region. A Dallas firm has sued several drilling companies claiming proper WARN notice was not provided to laid off oilfield workers. The court did not rule on whether the rigs could be aggregated with a local yard or the local office to reach the minimum threshold of 50 employees. The case will likely be appealed to the Fifth Circuit, so stay tuned.

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