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February 17, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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CCH Offers Free Access to Federal, State Rules on Layoffs, Plant Closings

Because of the crisis in the global economy, employers are being forced to reduce staffing levels or cease operations. Employers who are not careful will face multiple legal-compliance issues. Moreover, with every economic downturn comes an increase in employment litigation: As employees lose their jobs, they have nothing to lose by suing their employers. But when companies resort to laying off employees or closing facilities, they don’t need to make even more trouble for themselves by breaking the law, urges CCH, a provider of labor and employment law information and services and part of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business ( To help employment attorneys and HR professionals comply with federal and state laws regarding plant closings and large layoffs, CCH is providing free access through March 31, 2009, to its proprietary content via State and Federal Employment Law Compare, with Smart Chart functionality, an easy-to-use online tool that provides quick answers to a wide range of employment law issues.

To use the comparison Smart Chart for "Plant Closings, Layoffs and WARN Laws," go to or Smart Charts let users find answers easily, as well as instantly compare information across multiple jurisdictions. Users simply select a topic, such as "Penalties" under WARN laws, from expandable menus, and then choose one or more desired jurisdictions. A Smart Chart pops up with quick answers and links to the full text of relevant statutes and regulations. The data can be displayed in comprehensive chart format or in a matrix format for rapid side-by-side comparisons between jurisdictions. Smart Charts are easy to export to Microsoft Word or Excel.

The complete set of Smart Charts for State Employment Law Compare allows researchers to produce charts on 45 major topics and more than 300 subtopics, from Access to Personnel Files to Wage Payment, with coverage for federal law and all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Source: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

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