Blue Heron must pay employees


A bankruptcy court judge ruled that Blue Heron paper mill must give laid-off employees two months pay and whatever benefits they are due.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Randall L. Dunn ruled that Blue Heron paper mill must give laid-off employees two months pay and whatever benefits they are due.

The financially struggling Oregon City mill closed with little warning in late February and laid off all 175 workers. Typically employees would receive 60 days notice or pay as called for by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. Blue Heron has been operating under bankruptcy court protection for more than a year and so far, it’s been unclear whether the law applied.

“I don’t want there to be any misapprehension,” Dunn told attorneys for Blue Heron and Wells Fargo, the company’s main creditor. “I want them paid sooner rather than later. They’re out there applying for unemployment. They need the funds,” he said.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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