Driving a truck can be physically tasking and potentially dangerous if not handled correctly. Whether the driver is transporting raw materials, hazardous liquids, or other products, it is important that he or she is well rested and capable of vigilantly driving long hours. Because truck drivers are conducting large vehicles, they must be completely alert and aware of their surroundings at all times. Fatigue or drowsiness cause drivers to lose focus and crash.
Recently FTS International closed its Bryan Plant, letting go of 200 oil and energy workers. FTS International is an oil field service company that employees over 4,000 workers. The employees at Bryan Plant came in on Wednesday morning, on April 8th, and learned that they no longer had a job. The lack of notice is allegedly in violation of the WARN Act.
Employers must give employees at least 60 days' notice before laying them off, according to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act or "WARN" Act. The falling oil prices have prompted oil and gas employers to start laying off employees, however, this does not excuse WARN Act violations. All employers that fall under these requirements, oil and gas employers included, must give their employees at least 60 days' warning before a layoff.