Uncle Sam WARNs Employers About Layoffs
If your business must layoff a large number of employees, you might have to comply with a little-known federal law that requires giving advance notice.
Under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act), employers who are covered must give 60-days’ notice of a plant closing or mass layoff. This notice must be given both to employees and to state and local governments. Failing to comply can result in civil penalties and employees can sue for as much as 60 days’ pay and benefits, plus attorneys’ fees.
|The WARN Act is aimed at giving employees time to find new jobs or get retraining. Consult with your attorney if you think you are affected. Here are some details: