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Legal Implications

There are legal implications and potential liabilities in every workforce reduction. As you plan and implement a downsizing effort, make sure you know about the legal rights of employees whose jobs are being lost and ways to prevent lengthy litigation. Seeking legal counsel at the earliest stages of your planning process can prevent costly problems.

There are many state and federal laws and regulations that must govern the way a downsizing initiative is implemented. You need to understand how they can impact the efforts. Be particularly aware of the legal issues relating to age discrimination. Consult your Equal Employment Opportunity or affirmative action representative, company attorney, or outside counsel to ensure ...

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