Dell Legally Lays Off 250 Tech Support Workers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Dell Inc. didn't have to give advance notice before recently laying off 250 tech support workers at its Tennessee facilities because of an exemption in a federal law, but legislation pending in Congress could change that.

The company announced last Tuesday that the layoffs are part of a broad plan announced in May to trim costs and become more competitive with rivals.

Under the 19-year-old law, companies have to give workers and state officials 60 days' notice before cutting 500 jobs or more. Dell's cuts involved half that amount so it didn't have to adhere to the law.

However, a bill introduced last month by Republican Representative John McHugh of New York would require notices to be sent if at least 100 jobs are cut.

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