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Madison contractor abruptly closes doors, laying off employees

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A major Madison contractor abruptly closed its doors last week, leaving perhaps dozens of employees without a job.

According to an email provided by a former employee, company president Bill Howe of H&H Group Holdings wrote that multiple divisions of the company had, "suspended operations, effective immediately."

The email, dated Jan. 14, went on to say that it would serve as notice of immediate layoffs for all employees, to continue indefinitely.

The layoffs affected employees of H&H Group Holdings, H&H Electric, H&H Solar, H&H Plumbing, and H&H Construction Services.

"You should not report to work, unless and until you are told otherwise.  Supervisors and foremen please notify anyone on your jobs that may not receive this email," the email read. 

Officials with the Department of Workforce Development said they had not received prior notice of the layoffs.

Under Wisconsin's Mass Layoff Law, companies with more than 50 employees are required to give 60 days notice to the state, however there are exceptions, according to DWD spokesperson Tyler Tichenor.

The state's Equal Rights Division has received one complaint following the layoffs, according to Tichenor, and the complaint has been assigned to an investigator.

Employees have also contacted 27 News to say they were blindsided by the email and some are still waiting for their last paycheck.

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Michelle Alfini

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