Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)

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What Is the Worker Adjustment and Restraining Notification Act?

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) requires employers to provide 60-days notice before plant closings or mass layoffs that are covered by the act.  The act applies to employers of 100 or more employees who work 20 or more hours per week and have been employed for more than 6 months, and to both salaried and hourly workers.

When Is Notice Required?

Notice is required in writing to elected employee representatives and to all unrepresented employees 60-days before employment loss in the following situations:

What Are the Exceptions to the Notice Requirement?

There are several situations that are exempt from the 60-day notice requirement:

What Are the Penalties for Failure to Provide 60-days Notice?

An employee who is not given appropriate notice under WARN may be able to recover pay and benefits lost during the 60-day period.  This amount may be reduced by any amount paid during that period.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

If you feel you have been inappropriately dismissed, either as a part of a mass layoff or otherwise, you should consult an experienced employment attorney.  A lawyer can help you understand the law and advise you of your rights, as well as represent you in court.

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Last Modified: 08-06-2013 04:47 PM PDT

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