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Reductions-in-Force and Plant Closures


Employers must plan carefully to avoid negative publicity.

Reductions-in-force and plant closures raise numerous issues under federal and state employment laws, including but not limited to those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, race, national origin, religion and other prohibited factors; statutes requiring employee notice of RIFs and plant closures; benefits laws covering various employee benefits; and statutes protecting the rights of reservists called for military duty. This white paper reviews guidelines to take into account when considering a RIF or plant closure.



John F Adkins

John F Adkins

John F. Adkins, Esq.

  • Founder John F. Adkins, Esq.
  • Practiced at Bingham McCutchen, LLP, and its predecessor firms representing employers in labor and employment law matters for more than 40 years
  • Past Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group, the Litigation Training Committee, and the Pro Bono Committee, and a founding member of the Governor’s Advisory Board to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
  • Served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a defense lawyer, prosecutor, military judge, and instructor at the U. S. Naval Justice School
  • Principal author of Massachusetts Practice Series, vol. 45, Employment Law, 3rd Ed. (Thompson/West 2016) and co-editor of Massachusetts Employment Law (MCLE), and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer in labor and employment law
  • Can be contacted at 617-332-5628 or [email protected]
Laurence Stybel

Laurence Stybel

Stybel Peabody Associates, Inc.

  • Harvard University-trained licensed psychologist, CEO, board member in the HRTech space, co-founder of two companies, and entrepreneur-in-residence at a private equity fund
  • One company is Stybel Peabody Associates, Inc.; its mission is ‘smooth leadership change when the stakes are high;’ retained search limited to board members, CEOs, COOs, and CFOs
  • Has unique expertise in ‘smooth leadership change’ in family businesses and law firms
  • Co-author of Navigating the Waterfall: A 21st Century Guide to Job Search and Career Management and co-author of monthly perspectives on leadership, career management, and corporate governance for Psychology Today
  • Articles on leadership, career management, and corporate governance have appeared in California Management Review, Directorship, Harvard Business Review, and MIT Sloan Management Review
  • Was President of the Boston Human Resource Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Human Resource Association
  • Has been on the Board of Governors of the Institute for Career Certification International
  • Listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America and Marquis Who’s Who in Business and Finance
  • In 2019, The Marquis Publishing Company presented him with the Albert Marquis Distinguished Service Award for his enduring contributions to the field of leadership
  • Earned the highest ICCI credential: Career Management Fellow

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