The President seems completely comfortable with circumventing passed law and Congress itself. With his instructions for ICE agents to disregard portions of passed immigration law still fresh, instructions are issued from the Department of Labor to employers to disregard WARN Act notifications.
“DOL concluded that it is neither necessary nor appropriate for Federal contractors to provide WARN Act notice to employees 60 days in advance of the potential sequestration because of uncertainty about whether sequestration will occur and, if it did, what effect it would have on particular contracts, …”
Additionally, the Office of Management and Budget insulated contractors from any legal costs that might be incurred in contract complications due to following this new guideline from the Federal Government. What powers they possess!
From the aforementioned report, “…any resulting employee compensation costs for WARN Act liability as determined by a court, as well as attorneys’ fees and other litigation costs (irrespective of litigation outcome), would qualify as allowable costs and be covered by the contracting agency, if otherwise reasonable and allocable.”
Could it be political considerations?
It is no wonder that this President and those who advise him view the Constitution as an impediment rather than a guide. Anyone who listened to his National Pubic Radio interview back in 2001 was forewarned of his attitude, but it was difficult to measure his brash disregard. I think we now have the full measure.