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Williams-Sonoma sticks fork in Camp Hill call center

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Kitchen supply store Williams-Sonoma closed its Camp Hill call center in January. The company opted to pay its employees 60 days’ wages in lieu of providing the 60-day warning required by the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.

Because the 60-day period would have come over the year-end holiday season, Williams-Sonoma chose to keep employees on the job and pay them for the additional 60 days.

Note: The WARN Act requires employers to provide notice of closings when 100 or more workers are affected by a closing or mass layoff. Employers are subject to a fine of $500 per day for failing to notify local governments of closures. However, employers may avoid the fine if they pay all affected employees 60 days’ worth of wages.

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