First “mass” layoff notice of 2013 filed for Suzuki of New Haven

Well, the state Labor Department received its first mass layoff notice of the year this week from American Suzuki Motor of New Haven, which reported it is laying off 1 person on March 14.

It’s unclear why the company filed for just 1 person. The filing said it is not shutting down.

Usually, the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act only hits companies with 100 or more employees who are closing down the company or a division with 50 or more people, or are cutting 33 percent of the workforce at the company or a division. There are other provisions as well.

The department received the notice on Jan. 14, which is the second longest stretch in January Connecticut has had without a mass layoff notice. In January of 2008, no mass layoff notices were received until the 22nd.

Rob Varnon