IPRO to lay off 10 percent of its staff

An image of the IPRO homepage, retrieved April An image of the IPRO homepage, retrieved April 29, 2014. Photo Credit: IPRO.org

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A Lake Success health care services company plans to lay off 35 to 40 employees, or about 10 percent of its staff, because some of the work they performed on a federal contract was eliminated, an executive confirmed Tuesday.

A "small number" of the workers may be able to transfer to other jobs in the company, said Alan King, IPRO chief financial officer. He said he didn't know how many.

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The layoffs could total as many as 146, or more than a third of IPRO's workforce, if its state and federal contracts aren't renewed, the company said in a state regulatory filing dated Monday. The nonprofit, which helps to ensure quality in the delivery of government-funded health care programs, such as Medicare, has about 400 employees, mostly in Lake Success, King said.

In a statement issued Tuesday, a spokesman stressed that the company filed the state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, or WARN, notice to comply with the law's requirement of a 90-day warning before a major layoff or closing. All the layoffs would take place this summer. But the company is optimistic.

"The organization is confident in its ability to retain key government contracts, but recognizes its obligation to submit WARN notifications under New York State law," the spokesman said.

The state law requires employers with at least 50 full-time employees to give workers and the state Labor Department notice of a potential mass layoff or closing.

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