Missouri WARN Act log lists more temporary layoffs at Leggett and Platt
CARTHAGE, Mo. – More than 900 employees have been temporarily laid off at Leggett & Platt in Carthage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In notices listed on the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) website, the company states the unpaid layoffs are intended to be temporary. The notices include the following layoff dates:
- March 19, 2020 – 200 employees at the Corporate office in Carthage -temporary unpaid layoffs
- April 9, 2020 – 83 employees at the Wire Mill in Carthage – temporary unpaid layoffs
- March 23, 2020 – 215 employees at automotive department in Carthage – temporary unpaid layoffs
- April 3, 2020 – 422 employees at Branch One in Carthage – temporary unpaid layoffs
In a notice to the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development about the March 19 layoffs, Leggett & Platt stated, “Whether or not this action triggers the requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, we thought it appropriate to provide this notice.”
The notice continues, “We are taking these employment actions because Of COVID-19-related business circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable. We would like to have given more notice of this action, but were unable to do so because of how quickly our operations were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization’s pandemic declaration on March 11th, the Presidents declaration of a national emergency on March 13th, and other related governmental announcements and actions.”
The Missouri WARN Notices also list layoffs from Rembrandt Enterprises in Neosho, Missouri. The letter states the facility closure will be permanent and will result in 52 full time employees to be laid off permanently. The company expects the date of the first layoff to be during the 14-day period starting June 1, 2020.