Bankrupt trucker Celadon told laid-off employees that they’ve lost health insurance and won’t receive unused-vacation-time pay — read the full letter here

The trucking giant Celadon filed for bankruptcy on December 8.

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The trucking giant Celadon filed for bankruptcy on December 8.
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This week has brought the largest bankruptcy in truckload history – Celadon Group Inc., which was based in Indianapolis. The company filed for bankruptcy on December 8 and announced it would close its doors.

“We have diligently explored all possible options to restructure Celadon and keep business operations ongoing, however, a number of legacy and market headwinds made this impossible to achieve,” Paul Svindland, the CEO of Celadon, said in a statement.

Rumors of a bankruptcy started on Friday night, when the trucking-industry publication FreightWaves published that the company was slated to file for Chapter 11 protection. Sources told Business Insider Celadon truckers’ fuel cards were shut off and that they feared being stranded.

Meanwhile, back in Indianapolis, some 1,300 Celadon employees at the company’s headquarters learned what the bankruptcy would mean for them and their families.

Celadon employees were told in a letter obtained by Business Insider that:

  • Their paycheck will include wages earned through December 7.
  • They qualify for unemployment payments.
  • They will not receive unused-vacation-time payouts.
  • They are not receiving medical, dental, or vision insurance as of midnight on December 8 – a day before they learned they were getting laid off.
  • Employees should file for health insurance provided under the federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) that allows the recently unemployed to remain covered.

Read more: A truckload giant just filed for bankruptcy, and it leaves nearly 3,000 truck drivers jobless

Celadon did not file a notice in compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act – a federal law that stipulates that companies need to alert employees 60 days in advance of mass layoffs or plant closings.

However, Celadon may argue that the 60-day notification was not possible because of “unforeseeable business circumstances” resulting in the bankruptcy, which excuses companies from filing a WARN report.

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged two former Celadon executives in relation to a multiyear accounting scandal.

Celadon’s stock plunged to $0.41 a share on the news Friday – a considerable tumble from the more than $20 a share that the stock was worth in 2015, before the accounting scandal became public knowledge. As of Monday, share prices were at $0.03.

Read the full letter here

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