Sen. Sherrod Brown and other lawmakers -- mostly Democrats -- introduced legislation last week that they say would close loopholes and strengthen worker protections in the law requiring employers to notify employees when job losses are coming.

The bid is sure to run into criticism from many Republicans and corporate leaders who say that now isn't the time to place tougher mandates on businesses. But proponents will point to the economic slump and continuing layoffs as all the more reason to overhaul the notification law.

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