A cover report in this month's EBN details the case of Claire Cole, whom the Massachusetts Supreme Court recently ruled should have received full disability benefits after she suffered a heart attack within an hour of learning she would be laid off due to budget cuts in March 2000.

Although the majority of legal experts in the labor and benefits field regarded the situation as a "freak case," as Alden Bianchi, of the Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. firm in Massachusetts puts it, experts do expect a rise in workplace litigation, concerning both termination and benefits, stemming from radial layoffs. Therefore, complying with the ever-changing legislative landscape is imperative if employers hope to make it through what promises to be challenging legal times.

Read the article for advice from our legal eagles on conducting layoffs without litigation.

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