Rebecca Bennett

Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
If The Business Cycle Is Slowing, Workforce Reductions Are Not Far Behind
Date: Sep 20, 2019 Beginning at 7:15 AM
Session Duration

Learning Objective
Learn about the various federal and state laws that apply to reductions in force. Gain an understanding of notice requirements under the WARN Act. authorization forms, adverse action

Session Description
"If the business cycle is slowing, workforce reductions are not far behind.

Recent reports of layoffs and a slowing economy suggest that reductions in force (RIFs) are back. In the midst of a RIF, in-house counsel and HR professionals are often overwhelmed by the legal challenges that restructuring brings, including the selection process [for voluntary and involuntary RIFs], WARN Act considerations, mini-WARN Act implications, OWBPA compliance, and release agreements. Participants in this session will receive a RIF toolkit and other information to assist them to work through these difficult projects."

More About Rebecca Bennett

There is a story behind every employment discrimination claim.  Rebecca is skilled at telling your side of the story.  She unravels allegations, sifts through facts, and marshals evidence to build a defense.  Rebecca is a trial lawyer.  Through experience and intuition, she is good at evaluating risks and drawing up a winning strategy, whether that means early resolution or preparing for a jury trial.  Clients appreciate Rebecca’s cool-headed counsel in times of workplace trouble and uncertainty.

Rebecca has spent her career representing and counseling employers nationally in all aspects of labor and employment law, litigation, and compliance.  As a trial lawyer, she has achieved successful results for employers through defense verdicts, arbitration awards, dismissals, appeals, and negotiated settlements, in hundreds of matters for employers in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, health care, technology, professional services, higher and secondary education, retail, non-profit, transportation, retail, hospitality, and construction.  She has advised clients regarding the formation and maintenance of disadvantaged, minority and female business enterprises and voluntary supplier diversity issues. Much of her work includes advising and representing clients through workplace crises, such as data breach, criminal activity, abuse, fraud, workplace violence, accidents, and other crises requiring swift, thorough, and coordinated action.