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The 500 number being a threshold is correct. From the Oregon WARN webpage, see "MASS LAYOFF" section:
A covered employer must give notice if there is a mass layoff, which does not result from a business closing, but will result in an employment loss* at the employment site during any 30-day period for 500 or more employees, or for 50-499 employees if they make up at least 33 percent of the employer’s active workforce.
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Don't put any stock into that 500 number. That's the threshold for activating the WARN act. They're just saying the number is >500 so the WARN act applies.
FYI - the notice said “at least” 500 employees, and that they’ll be updating it later on. The 500 is an important distinction because that is the threshold for a “mass layoff” that triggers a WARN notice, and they don’t have to disclose the total impact at this point in time beyond what they’ve provided. So it could be 500, but could also be 1500 or more. Unfortunately we just don’t know from the notice.
So if we’re looking at 500 total layoffs
~100-140 VPs & SrDir were let go last week
And ~190 jobs were cut for childcare ....
It doesn’t sound THAT terrible? That would leave ~200 cuts left to make, which is a low-single-digit-% of the WHQ workforce.
I’m wondering if this isn’t going to end up being the reorg where they actually address the top-heavy org & toxic team behaviors, instead of just talking about doing it.
How did you source that URL! Good dig!
500 to start.
Wish we could supply names that should go. Hahaha.