❄️❄️❄️ JOLLY JUBILEE 2019 ❄️❄️❄️ Dec 19, 2019 16:14:12 GMT -6 crumble608, ilovdragons, and 7 more like this
Post by adlerist on Dec 19, 2019 16:14:12 GMT -6
I believe the confusion started with this article. For those who aren’t aware of the Backflip layoff details, this article first mentioned the 23 December date. On 23 October, BFS informed their employees and sent notice of their plans to layoff 86 employees to the state of Colorado, per the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.
I'm so confused by this. Some other players also said they read on Discord or Facebook that they heard all the BFS employees are still there b/c of some Colorado law. If they didn't leave 2 months ago when the news first hit why wasn't there a regular om of noms? And why are they slow in replying? So they're all going to leave at the end of Dec right after the event starts? Why even do the event if you have to leave the next week?? I'm so confused it doesn't make any sense. But I'm glad we have the event tho.
So just to clarify this. In the real world, when I’m not roaming about the Vale, one of my main focuses is on Civil Rights issues (employment, housing, public accommodations, voting rights). The vast majority of this is covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which includes labour legislation. While my emphasis is on discrimination cases and civil rights compliance, it’s very common to run into general employment laws.
The WARN Act is a federal law requiring employers with 100+ employees to notify the state and their employees of layoffs at least 60 days before the loss of employment. As a federal law, all states comply with WARN, so this isn’t a Colorado legal quirk that BFS must follow. If you’re ever faced with a layoff in the US, look up the protections WARN provides.
In accordance with WARN, a notice was recorded with the state on 23 October and the layoff date set at 23 December to fulfill the required 60 days.
However, this does not mean all BFS employees will be working until 23 December. In fact, we know from social media posts and numerous LinkedIn profiles many employees left in October with generous severance packages. One of the first articles that reported the layoffs verified only the 'DragonVale team' has stayed on and mentioned the 60-day notice period 'even though most developers have already been sent home'.
In the same way that many employees are no longer with BFS, other employees can stay on past 23 December. The 23 December date was likely selected to simply meet the 60-day WARN requirement, and unfortunately doesn’t give us any clues into DV post-event. I’d like to imagine Om of Noms was a non-event so the remaining DV team could concentrate on a farewell Xmas event and perhaps even prep DV for an automated bot future with minimal human contact. But I might be pushing my wish list to great lengths.