Ruling lets Tennessee proceed with layoffs

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NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam is readying plans to lay off about 200 state workers by week's end after a state judge on Monday lifted her temporary injunction on the planned firings.

Ruling from the bench, Circuit Court Judge Amanda McClendon said state officials did not break any laws in their handling of the firings because they had no legal duty to help employees find new jobs within state government.

The judge also found no irreparable harm was done when the state froze hiring for weeks in the midst of a 60-day layoff period in May and June when officials took down their NeoGov online listings for available jobs.

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