I am not sure what this bill does except attempt to shame large billion dollar corporations when they close their plants and lay off workers. These corporations are incapable of shame, which is why it is better to tax them mercilessly (instead of cutting their taxes last year). This bill creates a state mass layoff and plant closing notice requirement law that requires certain larger employers to provide their employees with adequate notice when they plan to go out of business, close a plant, or lay off a large number of employees.
This Act requires employers to also notify the Department of planned mass layoffs and plant closings, so the Department can provide dislocated workers with services to assist them in returning to work as soon as possible. This Act imposes greater notice requirements on employers than the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (“WARN Act”). This Act authorizes the Department of Labor to investigate violations, conduct administrative hearings for employers who are alleged to have violated this Act, and pursue penalties for failure of an employer to comply with the notice requirements to its employees.
Add an additional 20% corporate tax into this bill and then we got something.
HB222(S) – Plant Closure Bill
STATUS – Waiting on a hearing in committee
HISTORY – Placed in House Labor 5/3/18
SPONSORS – Mulrooney, Marshall, Brady, Kowalko
NOT VOTING –