The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act gives workers some protections when there are plant closings or mass layoffs. The WARN Act requires employers, with some exceptions, to give workers 60 days’ notice before a plant closing or mass layoff. The company must provide this notice to either the affected workers or their union representatives; to the State dislocated worker unit; and to the appropriate unit of local government.
Employers with at least 100 full-time employees are generally covered under the act. The act covers hourly and salaried workers, including managers and supervisors, but not business partners.
The act requires your employer to notify you when (1) there is a plant closing, (2) there are mass layoffs, or (3) there are 500 or more employees who will be laid off from a single site of employment.