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Ex-SNE workers lose ruling on back wages

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MOSINEE (WAOW) – Nearly two years after SNE Enterprises announced it was closing its window and door factory in Mosinee, a state agency ruled the company did not violate a business closing law.

The state Department of Workforce Development on Thursday dismissed a complaint filed by a carpenters union that claimed the company violated the law when it laid off workers without providing a specific plant closing date.

At issue was $319,335 in benefits and wages to some former workers, according to a ruling by the agency's Equal Rights Division.

SNE, which was owned by Schield Family Brands, announced in December 2011 that it was closing the plant, eliminating hundreds of jobs.

The Department of Workforce Development ruled Thursday that SNE had 474 employees on Dec. 15, 2011 and that layoffs relating to closure began on Feb. 13, 2012.

The agency found that affected employees did not lose their jobs in “sufficient number on any particular day” to meet the definition of a mass layoff.

“SNE was not required to give a 60-day notice of the layoffs at its business,” the agency said.

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