The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act is a federal law that requires employers to provide advanced notification to workers when faced with a plant closing or mass layoff.
With this early notice, workers and their families are provided transition time to adjust to the prospective loss of employment, to seek and obtain other employment and to enter skill training or retraining that will allow those workers to successfully compete in the job market through assistance provided by the Local Workforce Investment Boards.
WARN requires that employers with 100 or more full-time workers give employees 60-day notice in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs if they:
Although some businesses are exempt from WARN, the law encourages all employers to give workers sufficient notice.
Additional information is available from the U.S. Department of Labor, including WARN handbooks for workers and employers in English and Spanish.