Schumer announces new legislation after Friendly's closures upstate

Schumer announces new legislation after Friendly's closures upstate

April 22, 2019 05:47 PM

GATES, N.Y. (WHEC) -- U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for changes in the federal law following the abrupt closure of 15 Friendly's restaurants in upstate New York. 

Standing outside the shuttered Friendly's in Gates Monday, Schumer said a "gaping loophole" in the WARN Act allows the restaurant chain to shut down the locations without much notice to employees.

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The federal law mandates employers give their employees two months notice of large-scale layoffs but under certain circumstances, 
one restaurant manager says he only got one-hours notice he was losing his job.

"The fact that they canceled our benefits the day of the closing but yet the next paycheck had benefits money coming out, benefits that we no longer had was completely ridiculous," said Rob Carter, former Friendly's resturant manager. 

Schumer announced new legislation to strengthen the law.

Friendly's said that it complied with all employee notice requirements.

The last spot in our area in Geneva is set to close next month.


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