The Federal Communications Commission has announced a new rule that would allow companies to fire workers without notice, with the agency saying it is not “required to provide notice to employees”.
The rules would require companies to give employees a two-week notice period, and companies would be able to fire employees at any time.
The rules were first proposed in February by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
Pai, a Republican, is a long-time supporter of President Donald Trump.
In an interview with Politico, Pai said that he would be “looking at the rules in a very careful way”.
“The FCC has made it clear, for example, that it will not be requiring notice to employers for termination of employees without cause,” he said.
Pai’s comments came on the same day that Amazon fired over 100 people, including top executives.
“We were told that this was a very complex rule that we’d have to work out with our lawyers, but we are happy to do so,” Amazon said in a statement.
“We are committed to providing the best possible customer experience for all our customers.
We’re glad that the FCC has recognized that our business model has been successful for over a decade.”
The FCC said that it would consider whether to take enforcement action if it “does not follow the proper procedures to ensure that these rules are followed”.
“There are some important distinctions between a rule of law and an administrative rule of the FCC,” Pai said.
“If the FCC takes enforcement action, it will be for a number of reasons that are separate from the rule of any particular company.
The rules are not mandated by the FCC.
We have been a model of transparency.”
In January, Amazon had a tumultuous time after an internal audit found that a number the company had “failed to adequately vet its suppliers” and that the company’s “supplier-by-contracts model has not kept pace with market demand”.
Amazon has struggled to survive in a tough economy, with consumer spending down over 20 per cent in 2017, and many analysts say it is losing money.
The company recently hired former US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew as CEO.